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.

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 soapbox

Contemporary Examples of soapbox

Historical Examples of soapbox

  • The wagon he drew was a soapbox fitted with a pair of wheels from a go-cart.

    The Torch Bearer

    I. T. Thurston

  • Then they packed excelsior into all the vacant places in the soapbox.

  • The soapbox will be her cell, for it was so small she could not lie down in it.

    Homespun Tales

    Kate Douglas Wiggin

  • He went over to the soapbox table, shorn of its gorgeous cover, the photograph alone adorning it.

    A Little Dusky Hero

    Harriot T, Comstock

  • He found a soapbox, and carried it over to the soft ring of light that streamed from the furnace door, and sat down.

British Dictionary definitions for soapbox



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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