beat·​box·​er ˈbēt-ˌbäk-sər How to pronounce beatboxer (audio)
plural beatboxers
: a person who vocally imitates percussion sounds : someone who beatboxes
Dokaka, a Japanese-born beatboxer, lets loose rapid-fire noises in the middle range.Bruce McCall
The lead vocals were stunning with their intricate harmonies and the beatboxers of every group formed the backbone of the songs with their impeccable volume and consistency.Emily Smith

Examples of beatboxer in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Returning as host for a second year was New York beatboxer and Motown Museum board member Doug E. Fresh, while bassist Kern Brantley led a versatile 10-member ensemble that backed the night’s singers. Brian McCollum, Detroit Free Press, 17 Mar. 2024 Off-the-cuff performances are what beatboxers do best. Larisha Paul, Rolling Stone, 17 Jan. 2024 Indonesia Scientists recorded wild orangutans producing both voiced and voiceless vocal patterns—a feat previously attributed mostly to songbirds and human beatboxers. Timmy Broderick, Scientific American, 15 Aug. 2023 Meanwhile, certain human artists like beatboxers, combine these two abilities to mimic the sounds of hip hop in remarkably complex ways. Matt Hrodey, Discover Magazine, 29 June 2023 Beyond shedding some light on the talents of beatboxers, the findings may also offer clues to the origins of human speech. Sarah Kuta, Smithsonian Magazine, 29 June 2023 Brown said the branch will host frequent story times, a magician, a reptile exhibition, a beatboxer, a percussion group, and more over the course of this summer. Thomas Goodwin Smith, Baltimore Sun, 23 June 2023 How important is social media to a beatboxer? Diane J. Cho,, 8 Sep. 2021 Feroza Aziz, an Afghan-American teen censored by the platform for speaking out on the Uyghur genocide; Spencer X, a beatboxer who found creative and commercial success on the app; and Deja Foxx, an activist and political strategist who founded the online community GenZ Girl Gang. Angie Han, The Hollywood Reporter, 23 Jan. 2022

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Word History

First Known Use

1985, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of beatboxer was in 1985

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“Beatboxer.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 19 Jun. 2024.

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