Definition of inbox in English:



  • 1An electronic folder in which emails received by an individual are held.

    • ‘Also, users should still be wary of suspicious - looking emails in their in-boxes.’
    • ‘Anti-spam filtering outfit Brightmail has released a list of the ten most common spam messages assaulting users' in-boxes this year.’
    • ‘These services have their negatives, such as ads that continuously appear on screen or pop into your e-mail in-box.’
    • ‘Ever since these spam messages started flowing into in-boxes, people have wondered if it was just a joke, a bizarre scam to harvest more email addresses, or just someone who was mentally disturbed.’
    • ‘In your in-box, move any e-mail you have received from your group into the folder.’
    • ‘Just subscribe to receive each installment in your email in-box every week.’
    • ‘So yesterday morning, when News Alerts deposited into my in-box a half-dozen links to news stories mentioning me, I swiftly clicked through the assortment.’
    • ‘Critics are using a rather more brutal term: ‘bluespamming’, as in the unsolicited ‘spam’ that clutters our e-mail in-boxes.’
    • ‘With so much spam clogging my email in-box, I couldn't survive any more without this program!’
    • ‘Many of us remember the trippy, innocent elation inspired by our earliest Google searches or our first encounters with an in-box full of e-mail on a Monday morning.’
    • ‘I have just checked the email in-box into which my messages from the various education forums arrive. I used to be able to keep up with them.’
    • ‘And the economics of spam are only getting worse for those fighting a tide of rising junk mail that threatens to swamp users' in-boxes.’
    • ‘Gain control over the ever-increasing flood of time-wasting e-mail appearing in your in-box.’
    • ‘If enough of us clog his in-box maybe he'll take time to read it.’
    • ‘The unified messaging server gives the user a single in-box for e-mail, voice mail and fax transmissions.’
    • ‘I'll try and catch up on e-mails and in-boxes and such and write a helpful and useful blog entry over the weekend.’
    • ‘If the signature is valid, the e-mail is placed into the in-box, otherwise the e-mail is deleted, or sent back with a message indicating why.’
    • ‘Nothing makes me angrier than opening my email in-box to find over 150 messages, wading through them all, and discovering that 135 of the messages rate as nothing more than junk.’
    • ‘This, along with scanning for viruses on the Net before they reach users' in-boxes, seems to represent the best way forward.’
    • ‘You all have truly made opening my in-box fun, and intellectually challenging - and utterly daunting.’
    1. 1.1North American A box or tray on a person's desk for letters and documents that have to be dealt with.
      • ‘One of the local pharmacists had a Yorkie named Ursa who slept in the in-box on his desk.’
      • ‘Otherwise, your in-box will become a catch-all tray where things go when you want to postpone making a decision.’
      • ‘Since I was buried under a mound of paperwork that looked more like a ‘Jinga’ game then an in-box one of my soldiers, SPC Rivers, went along with the convoy.’


[WITH OBJECT]informal
  • Send a private message or an email to (someone, typically another member of a social networking website or online forum)

    ‘I'll inbox you on Facebook when I get home’
    [with two objects] ‘could everyone please inbox me their numbers?’
    • ‘Her mother inboxed me on Facebook.’
    • ‘Inbox me if you would like more info.’
    • ‘Paul just inboxed me - I'll sort him out just now.’
    • ‘Inbox me your number.’
    • ‘If you don't want to post it in the forum you can inbox me.’
    • ‘I'm dealing with something similar - you can inbox me anytime you need to.’
    • ‘Please text me or inbox me sometime soon.’
    • ‘I will not go into the details of what we spoke about because I assume he meant it to be confidential & that's why he inboxed me.’
    • ‘I inboxed him on FB and I told him how I felt.’
    • ‘There were about seven different groups who planned to hold protests - we inboxed them, exchanged phone numbers and met to decide one event.’
    • ‘Stop inboxing me questions.’
    • ‘Anyways, I've just inboxed you the contact details.’
    • ‘Please inbox me if you have any opportunities that may suit me.’
    • ‘She clearly stated that she should be inboxed, and even went further and gave her personal email address.’
    • ‘Why has some rando American from Ohio with no mutual friends added me on FB and inboxed me?’
    • ‘Feel free to inbox me if you wish to connect via Facebook or Twitter.’
    • ‘Feeling left out, two of my otherwise quiet Facebook friends inboxed me, asking why everybody was cracking up.’
    • ‘Friends, inbox me if you will join us on the day or if you are willing to support us in any other way.’
    • ‘Text me your number or inbox me for mine.’
    • ‘Thank you for the advice you inboxed me - it really helped me through a difficult situation.’