beat·​box·​ing | \ ˈbēt-ˌbäk-siŋ How to pronounce beatboxing (audio) \

Definition of beatboxing

: a musical style and technique based on the vocal imitation of percussion sounds They were both rhyming, and I was more into break-dancing and beatboxing.— Busta Rhymes

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Other Words from beatboxing

beatbox \ ˈbēt-​ˌbäks How to pronounce beatbox (audio) \ intransitive verb
Lewis beatboxes into Time of the Season. He grabs an acoustic guitar and sings She Will Be Loved. — Olivia Barker
beatboxer noun
Dokaka, a Japanese-born beatboxer, lets loose rapid-fire noises in the middle range. — Bruce McCall

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Of course, his appearance wouldn't be complete without his own iconic beatboxing. Nina Braca, Billboard, "From 'Cry Me a River' to 'Can't Stop the Feeling!,' Justin Timberlake's 10 Best Live Performances: Critic's Picks," 5 Feb. 2018 Keyboards, woodwinds, clinking percussion, static, bits of beatboxing and peculiar samples all come and go. New York Times, "The Playlist: John Mayer Laments the Friend Zone, and 11 More New Songs," 11 May 2018 The video is set in a living room, as the quintet sings its way through the breakthrough hit, backed by no instruments, but with some additional beatboxing. Natalie Maher, Billboard, "Pentatonix Puts Their Spin on Camila Cabello's 'Havana' in New Video," 23 Feb. 2018 Notably, the group is without founding member Avi Kaplan, who has since been replaced by Matt Sallee, responsible for half of the beatboxing for this rendition. Natalie Maher, Billboard, "Pentatonix Puts Their Spin on Camila Cabello's 'Havana' in New Video," 23 Feb. 2018 Known as pop’s consummate showman, Timberlake will probably play piano, pick up a guitar, break out the beatboxing — but if the large-scale event is anything like his Super Bowl halftime show, the set may be a fragile as a deck of cards. Jessi Roti,, "Timberlake or Lorde, pop star auteur or pop 'classic' - what do you want from arena pop in 2018?," 22 Mar. 2018 Olusola's beatboxing is immediately heard in this cover, with his group members voices gradually filling in the pockets. Megan Armstrong, Billboard, "Pentatonix's 10 Best Christmas Songs," 24 Nov. 2017 Heaton’s innovative beatboxing adds an extra layer of rhythmic enthusiasm. Tony Lacy-thompson, The Mercury News, "Rhythmic Circus brings the beats to Palo Alto," 17 Feb. 2017 JT's headline-making breakup with his fellow ex-Mousekeeter left all double-denim crusaders heartbroken, but the beatboxing-laced track started feeling like more of a diss after its video came out featuring a Brit look-alike. Da'shan Smith, Billboard, "From Katy Perry's 'Swish Swish' to Justin Timberlake's 'Cry Me A River': 7 Notable Pop Diss Tracks," 19 May 2017

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1985, in the meaning defined above

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