[ sohp-boks ]
/ ˈsoʊpˌbɒks /


Also soap box. an improvised platform, as one on a street, from which a speaker delivers an informal speech, an appeal, or political harangue.


of, relating to, or characteristic of a speaker or speech from a soapbox.

Nearby words

  1. soap-bubble,
  2. soap-dish,
  3. soapbark,
  4. soapberry,
  5. soapberry family,
  6. soaper,
  7. soapfish,
  8. soapie,
  9. soapolallie,
  10. soapstone

Origin of soapbox

First recorded in 1650–60; soap + box1 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for soap-box

British Dictionary definitions for soap-box


/ (ˈsəʊpˌbɒks) /


a box or crate for packing soap
a crate used as a platform for speech-making
a child's homemade racing cart consisting of a wooden box set on a wooden frame with wheels and a steerable front axle
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Word Origin and History for soap-box



also soapbox, 1650s, "box for holding soap," later especially a wooden crate in which soap may be packed; from soap (n.) + box (n.). Typical of a makeshift stand for a public orator since at least 1907. Also used by children to make racing carts, cf. soap-box derby, annual race in Dayton, Ohio, which dates to 1933.

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