beatboxing

[ beet-bok-sing ]
/ ˈbitˌbɒk sɪŋ /

noun

a musical style or technique, especially in hip-hop, in which the sounds and rhythms of percussion instruments or a drum machine are simulated by using the mouth and voice: We heard some amazing beatboxing last night.

Origin of beatboxing

1985–90,Americanism; beatbox (verb) + -ing1

Definition for beatboxing (2 of 2)

beatbox

or beat-box

[ beet-boks ]
/ ˈbitˌbɒks /

noun

verb (used without object)

to simulate the sounds and rhythms of percussion instruments or a drum machine by using the mouth and voice: Have you ever heard someone beatbox like that?

Origin of beatbox

An Americanism dating back to 1975–80; beat + box1
Related formsbeat·box·er, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for beatboxing (1 of 2)

beatboxing

/ (ˈbiːtˌbɒksɪŋ) /

noun

a form of hip-hop music in which the voice is used to simulate percussion instruments
Derived Formsbeatboxer, noun

British Dictionary definitions for beatboxing (2 of 2)

beatbox

/ (ˈbiːtˌbɒks) /

noun

informal a drum machine
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