chatterbox


a continuous talker

STATISTICS

IN THE PRESS

“You want to be able to join a discussion and contribute your ideas – before the CHATTERBOX chimes in and starts steamrolling everyone again.”

The Fast Company

Did you
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chatterbox
noun

- an excessively talkative person

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ORIGIN

"Chatter" meaning “familiar conversation” is from the 1570s and by 1690 became associated with the chattering cries of birds. “Chatterbox” meaning “incessant talker” is dated from 1774.

“Chat show” (U.S. “talk show”) is attested from 1967 and “chat room” (in the online sense) is from 1994, from the days when AOL ruled the World Wide Web.


THE CHATTERBOX

From morning till night it was Lucy’s delight
To chatter and talk without stopping:
There was not a day but she rattled away,
Like water for ever a-dropping.

No matter at all if the subjects were small,
Or not worth the trouble of saying,
’Twas equal to her, she would talking prefer
To working, or reading, or playing.

But that’s quite absurd, for have you not heard
That much tongue and few brains are connected?
That they are supposed to think least who talk most,
And their wisdom is always suspected?

Ann Taylor


SYNONYMS

babbler, blabbermouth, blabberer, blatherer, big mouth, cackler, chatterer, CHATTERBOX, chinwagger, compulsive talker, flibbertigibbet, gabbler, gasbag, jabberer, loudmouth, motormouth, natterer, prattler, tittle-tattler, twaddler, windbag, yakker, yapper, yammerer, twitterer


PRACTICE OWAD in an English conversation, say something like:

“Our neighbour is a lovely person, but I’m afraid a bit of a CHATTERBOX”


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