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 beatboxing (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

Examples of beatboxing in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web 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, "'Cyrano de Bergerac': Theater Review," 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, "Bring on the ‘Stormy Weather’: IN Series does Shakespeare by way of Billie Holiday," 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,, "Meet the cast of Survivor: Island of the Idols," 9 Sep. 2019 Performing onstage is his favorite part of beatboxing. Laurel Deppen, The Courier-Journal, "This Louisville-based beatboxer was ranked in the top 5 in the nation," 8 Aug. 2019 On Tuesday night's episode of America's Got Talent, the show welcomed the beatboxing troupe Berywam. Kayla Keegan, Good Housekeeping, "Did 'AGT' Judge Simon Cowell Totally Shade Pentatonix Last Night? Fans Say Yes," 19 June 2019 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

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First Known Use of beatboxing

1985, in the meaning defined above

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“Beatboxing.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 2 Mar. 2021.

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