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 Unlike a record player—or the reel-to-reel tape player—the boom box was both portable and commensurate with the scale and the volume of the city. Jon Michaud, The New Yorker, 16 Nov. 2023 The two most consequential innovations in the tape player, however, were the boom box and the Sony Walkman personal stereo. Jon Michaud, The New Yorker, 16 Nov. 2023 In 1980s New York, hip-hop was the soundtrack of the city, blaring through the neighborhoods on boom boxes and blasting groups like Run-DMC. Bobby Gehlen, ABC News, 11 Aug. 2023 The Radio Raheem boom box in the Smithsonian’s collection used to be owned by Gene Siskel. Angela Watercutter, WIRED, 10 Aug. 2023 This 35-millimeter film highlights graffiti art, boom boxes and scratch-mixing, OG style. Sally Verrando, Dallas News, 31 July 2023 The Smithsonian’s National Museum of African American History and Culture has some 300 hip-hop-specific artifacts, including a Technics turntable used by Grandmaster Flash and the boom box carried by Radio Raheem in Spike Lee’s Do the Right Thing. Angela Watercutter, WIRED, 10 Aug. 2023 Some systems are designed for pocket portability while others are sized more like the classic boom boxes of yore. Jack Baruth, Popular Mechanics, 10 Aug. 2023 All three animals were reacting to sound bites from boom boxes in the woods, part of a study measuring the effect of outdoor recreationists’ noise on wildlife. WIRED, 8 July 2023 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1981, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of boom box was in 1981

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“Boom box.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 21 Feb. 2024.

Kids Definition

boom box

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