chat·​ter·​box | \ ˈcha-tər-ˌbäks How to pronounce chatterbox (audio) \

Definition of chatterbox

: one who engages in much idle talk

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Examples of chatterbox in a Sentence

That little girl is a chatterbox. my seat companion was a chatterbox who never once shut up during the whole trip

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Sequin is hardly a chatterbox, but the actor is wonderfully expressive, capturing both the character’s pouting self-assurance and his ratcheting frazzlement. Harry Windsor, The Hollywood Reporter, "'Sequin in a Blue Room': Film Review | Outfest 2019," 22 July 2019 The Holts would have made Calvin Coolidge seem like a chatterbox. Mike Finger,, "With Spurs, as always, mum’s the word," 16 July 2019 The chatterbox in chief has eschewed the traditional way that presidents communicate with members of Congress, calling lawmakers at all hours of the day without warning and sometimes with no real agenda. Seung-min Kim, The Seattle Times, "‘He just picks up’: Trump and the lawmakers he loves to talk to on the phone," 20 Feb. 2019 Of course, not every Sagittarian dad loves the outdoors, and there are probably a few Gemini dads who aren't chatterboxes., "The Perfect Father's Day Gift For Every Dad In The Zodiac," 12 June 2018 Accompanied by a chatterbox of a donkey (Eddie Murphy), Shrek sets out on a long, arduous journey that quickly goes off the rails. New York Times, "What’s on TV Monday: ‘John McCain: For Whom the Bell Tolls’ and ‘The Bachelorette’," 28 May 2018 When pursuing Bill Clinton, Ken Starr was a chatterbox to the media, for reasons both tactical and personal. Chris Smith, The Hive, "“This Is RICO 101”: Why Robert Mueller Isn’t Taking Rudy’s Bait," 23 May 2018 First, Duplex isn’t some futuristic AI chatterbox, capable of open-ended conversation. James Vincent, The Verge, "Google’s AI sounds like a human on the phone — should we be worried?," 9 May 2018 From sandbox chatterbox to candid sports commentary, Vosters appears destined to join the ranks of notable sportscasters. Karen Pilarski, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Brookfield East grad Chris Vosters, 26-year-old rising star in broadcasting, calls basketball game on Big Ten Network," 5 Jan. 2018

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First Known Use of chatterbox

1774, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of chatterbox

informal : a person who talks a lot


chat·​ter·​box | \ ˈcha-tər-ˌbäks How to pronounce chatterbox (audio) \

Kids Definition of chatterbox

: a person who talks a lot

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