boom box


Definition of boom box

: a usually large portable stereophonic radio and tape or CD player

Examples of boom box in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The band and crew’s party couldn’t have been more different from the heartbreaking scene in Kurt’s hotel room: here, there was booze, horseplay, and a blaring boom box. Michael Azerrad, The New Yorker, 22 Sep. 2021 The soundtrack featured a jaunty Disneyish waltz, which the directors played on a boom box while the teens cavorted. Andrew Kay, Longreads, 17 July 2021 Five weeks later, the boom box concept was born, as WILI-AM radio played music on the air, while participants marched or watched with their radios. Melanie Savage,, 6 July 2021 At the suggestion of his doctor, Eisenberg’s mother brought his boom box and favorite Michael Jackson cassette to the hospital. San Diego Union-Tribune, 8 June 2021 In a new preview of Thurston's season that aired after Monday's season debut, Blake Moynes - who appeared on Clare Crawley and Tayshia Adams' season of The Bachelorette - surprises Thurston, holding a boom box over his head, Say Anything style. Ashley Boucher,, 8 June 2021 Beginning in November 2020, a boom box playing Mozart and other classical music in the Haugaard barn has serenaded the cows daily. New York Times, 28 Apr. 2021 Skiers dance to music from their boom box on the lift at Solitude on Saturday, April 17. Julie Jag, The Salt Lake Tribune, 19 Apr. 2021 These are our favorite portable speakers of all shapes and sizes, from clip-ons to a massive boom box. Christopher Null, Wired, 30 Mar. 2021

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First Known Use of boom box

1981, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of boom box

: a large portable radio and often tape deck or CD player with two attached speakers

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Kids Definition of boom box

: a large portable radio and CD or tape player


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