Onomatopoeia

Onomatopoeia is a word that suggests or imitates the source of the sound that it describes. Common examples of this include animal noises, such as "meow," "oink," “ring” or "roar."

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Onomatopoeia

What sound do leaves make when the wind blows?

rustling sound

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Food & Cooking
Onomatopoeia

How do you write the sound sizzle makes?

You write sizzle.

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Onomatopoeia

What is onomatopoeia?

Onomatopoeia is the formation or use of words such as buzz or murmur that imitate the natural sounds associated with actions they refer to. Other examples are 'boom', 'rattle', 'crackle', 'squawk', and 'snap'. Both verbs and nouns may both fall into this category. For instance:

The duck squawked at the dog.

The duck gave a squawk of alarm when the dog approached.

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Onomatopoeia is the use of the consonant and vowel sounds of a pronounced or "heard" word to imitate, and thereby emphasize or bring to a listener's or reader's imagination, the sounds that might actually be heard in what is being described.

In that way, it is a literary device used to make writing or speech more vibrant and effective. It depends on a listener's or reader's ability to hear the sounds of the words.

Many words are onomatopoeic in and of themselves, such as "snap" and "scratch." However, the sounds used in speech don't need to be so obvious in order to still constitute onomatopoeia.

Some considerations about onomatopoeia have to do with what our natural sounds of speech remind us of. Phoneticians have classified consonant and vowel sounds, and some basic facts seem to be true.

The explosive consonant sounds (such as the sound of b, d, k, p and t) seem to bring to mind more violent actions or percussive situations. Consider the following sentence: "The horse trotted and clopped along on the cobblestones." In that, you can hear the horse's hooves on the hard road, if you use your imagination.

The sibilant consonant sounds (such as s, sh and f) have a gentler sound, and are often used in descriptions of water or flowing motions: "The shore was washed with every wave, revealing shells and sand with every pass." In that sentence, you can imagine the sound of ocean waves.

The z sound is often used for buzzing sounds, but you don't have to use the word "buzz" to get across the idea: "The bees, a blurry swarming fuzz of wings, are hungry for pollen, and they warn me off with the threat of stings." There are several n, ng and z sounds in that sentence, which help a reader or listener to imagine the buzz of a bee.

L sounds are often associated with running water. In that sense, even the word liquid is onomatopoeic.

Some research has also been done on how vowel sounds affect emotion or imagination. Vowel sounds range from low-pitched sounds, such as ahhh, to high-pitched, such as eee and ayyy. The lower pitched sounds generally contribute to a perception of somberness, slowness or sadness; while the higher pitched sounds generally convey a feeling of excitement or urgency:

"He tried to steer clear, but the screech of tires and metal pierced his hearing."

"The long and awful funeral march wound through the dark autumn toward the graveyard."

Those example sentences combine several qualities of tone, cadence and sound. But they illustrate how vowel sounds also can contribute to onomatopoeic effect.

To recognize onomatopoeia, you must hear the words, either read aloud or in your imagination. To useonomatopoeia, you must think of words that contain sounds that you think the reader or listener should hear, that would be appropriate for the action or situation being described.

This is a literary device which consists of a word which sounds like the sound it is representing. Some examples include 'whoosh' and 'boom'. Often times onomatopoeia is used to describe animal noises such as 'oink' or 'ribbit'. Both are imagery type words that appeal to the sense of sound. The words essentially imitate or suggest the source of the sound that describes it. These auditory words are meant to inspire readers to experience the context of the sentence more fully.

Onomatopoeia is when it sounds like the words you are describing e.g zip slash bang

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Examples

Here are some words or written sounds that may be considered onomatopoeic: baa, bang, bark, beep, belch, boing, boom, bubble, burp, buzz, cackle, chirp, chomp, chortle, chuckle, clang, clap, clash, clatter, click, clip-clop, clunk, cock-a-doodle-doo, cough, crackle, creak, croak, crunch, ding, drip, fizz, flutter, gasp, groan, growl, grunt, guffaw, gurgle, hiss, honk, hoot howl, knock, knock, meow, moan, mumble, munch, murmer, mutter, neigh, oink, ping, pitter-patter, plink, plop, pop, purr, quack, ribbit, rip, roar, rumble, rustle, screech, shush, sizzle, slap, slither, smack, smash, snap, snarl, snore, snort, snuffle, splash, splat, splatter, splutter, squawk, squeak, squelch, thud, thwack, tick-tock, trickle, twang, tweet, waffle, whimper, whir, whiz, whoosh, woof, yawn, yelp and zip.

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Health
Onomatopoeia

What is an onomatopoeia for coughing?

First off, the word "cough" itself is an onomatopoeia. But if you want another word, try "hacking". Often in literature, "coughing" and "hacking" mean the same thing. They are used in conjunction with one another. For the sound after the cough, try wheezing and rattling.

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Is running an onomatopoeia?

No

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Synonyms and Antonyms
Onomatopoeia

What is antonyms of significance?

meaningless

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Word and Phrase Origins
Onomatopoeia

Is sweep an onomatopoeia word?

No, sweep is not an onomatopoeia.

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What are examples of swimming onomatopoeia?

splash

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Example Sentences

Is smack an example of onomatopoeia?

yes

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Onomatopoeia

Two onomatopoeic words that describe fairground?

Hooo

Wooo

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Radio
Onomatopoeia

How do you use radio onomatopoeia?

Spoken Morse Code - 'da' representing .(dot) 'dit' representing -(dash)

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Is strum an onomatopoeia?

No. Strumming is the action of plucking the strings. "Pluck" is an onomatopoeia.

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Is shout and onomatopoeia word?

Nope it is not

Onomatopoeia examples are:

boom

bam

buzz

bing

boing

tick tock

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Is 'hover' an onomatopoeia?

No.

Crash

Clink

Zoom

Swish

Sizzle

Sparkle

Zap

Boing

Tick tock

-These are examples of onomatopoeia.

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Poetry
Alliteration Assonance and Consonance
Onomatopoeia

What song has all these in it - alliteration rhyme onomatopoeia personification?

go to you tube and check it up you lazy people!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! :0

jk jk jk jk jk jk jk jk um i think katey perry or if you dont like her check it up ight :)

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Word Games
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Is weep an onomatopoeia?

yes

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Onomatopoeia

What is a bee onomatopoeia?

An onomatopoeia is a sound word, such as Slam! or Woof!

Therefore, an onomatopoeia for bees is Bzzz.

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Is yelled onomatopoeia?

Yelled is not an onomatopoeia:)

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Farm Animals
Cows and Cattle
Onomatopoeia

What sound does a cow make?

In the states, cows sounds are interpreted as Mooooo. In Asian Countries, cow sounds are interpreted as Ambaaaa.

The onomatopoeia for the sound of a cow is "moo".

However, the actual sound is a long, lowing sound like "murrr" or "mrurr".

  • When making noise through its mouth it is a mooing type of sound.
  • When eating, it is a chewing sound as hay or grass is crunched in the mouth.
  • There is a slurping noise as it drinks.
  • When running it is a clipity clop type of sound.
  • When defacatiing, it is a plopping sound as the fecal material hits the ground or splashes into the fecal material that preceeded it.
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Onomatopoeia

What is onomatopoeia for walking?

Klop klop!

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Is scratch an example of an onomatopoeia?

Yes, scratch is an onomatopoeia :)

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Is whirls an onomatopoeia?

Whirl

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Rhyming Words
Onomatopoeia

What rhymes with henny?

penny

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Is oh an onomatopoeia?

No it is not because anyone can say, "Oh." An onomatopoeia is a word that imitates a sound of something.

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Two onomatopoeic words for zoo?

Ba Ba from a sheep

Na Na from a horse

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