beatboxing

noun
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

Other Words from beatboxing

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

Examples of beatboxing in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The human soundboard that is Kaila Mullady (known as Kaiser Rözé onstage) enriched the evening’s soundtrack with vocal-cord-defying beatboxing. Thomas Floyd, Washington Post, 11 May 2022 In the 30-second teaser, Puth is seen walking up to his trailer while showing off his impressive beatboxing skills, only to find that his snack stash has been raided. Rania Aniftos, Billboard, 24 Jan. 2022 The heaviness in Markie’s tongue counterbalanced the levity in his musical approach, adding dimension to his beatboxing and weight to his vocal stylings. Shamira Ibrahim, Vulture, 23 July 2021 The show combined the classic music theatre art form with contemporary skills in beatboxing and rapping. Sam Boyer, cleveland, 8 July 2021 The ensemble first emerges monochrome from the shadows of the stage to face the audience head-on, accompanied by a mix of church music and beatboxing. Demetrios Matheou, The Hollywood Reporter, 8 Dec. 2019 As Caliban, Jabari Exum palpably channels the blunt heaviness of resentment; his accomplished, magnetic drumming and beatboxing doesn’t lighten the energy but cunningly redirects it. Matthew Guerrieri, Washington Post, 21 Oct. 2019 Also getting my dad out of Brockton and buying him a place in Henderson, Nev.! Hobbies: Kickboxing, beatboxing and hiking. Dalton Ross, EW.com, 9 Sep. 2019 Performing onstage is his favorite part of beatboxing. Laurel Deppen, The Courier-Journal, 8 Aug. 2019 See More

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First Known Use of beatboxing

1985, in the meaning defined above

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Last Updated

24 May 2022

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“Beatboxing.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/beatboxing. Accessed 7 Jul. 2022.

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