American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. The formation or use of words such as buzz or murmur that imitate the sounds associated with the objects or actions they refer to.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A word formed in imitation of the sound of the thing it signifies; an imitative word. See the extract.
- n. uncountable The property of a word of sounding like what it represents.
- n. countable A word that sounds like what it represents, such as "gurgle" or "hiss".
- n. uncountable, rhetoric The use of language whose sound imitates that which it names.
- n. using words that imitate the sound they denote
- From Ancient Greek ὀνοματοποιία (onomatopoiia, "the coining of a word in imitation of a sound"), from ονοματοποιέω (onomatopoieo, "to coin names"), from ὄνομα (onoma, "name") + ποιέω (poieo, "to make, to do, to produce"). (Wiktionary)
- Late Latin, from Greek onomatopoiiā, from onomatopoios, coiner of names : onoma, onomat-, name; see nŏ̄-men- in Indo-European roots + poiein, to make; see kwei-2 in Indo-European roots. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“I like the word onomatopoeia, and not just because I still remember how to spell it from third grade spelling classes.”
“If the "pteetsee" part of that means bird or birds milk, I think it's a great bit of onomatopoeia, just like that the Chinese word for 'cat' sounds a lot like the noise a cat makes.”
“This morning it was Krumphau - the "Crooked Cut", though I like to imagine a certain onomatopoeia in the term.”
“The masthead is in a font that is made to look cracked, this links to the idea of onomatopoeia that 'kerrang' sounds like the crashing sound of a symbol, connoting again the style of music the magazine is based on.”
“Flag is thought possibly to be an onomatopoeia, which is to say flap sounds a bit like a flag flapping.”
“Still, there was time enough for them to shout out the sounds of letters in chorus everyday and to memorize the words "onomatopoeia" and "metaphor.”
“BRIC À BRAC (a French word, formed by a kind of onomatopoeia, meaning a heterogeneous collection of odds and ends; cf. _de bric et de broc_, corresponding to our "by hook or by crook"; or by reduplication from”
“My favorite word at the time was onomatopoeia, and the boys got a big kick out of the pee sound in that.”
“Finally he took his stance, wig-wagged his butt a bit, then weighed into the ball-a nice clean stroke, the solid thwock, if I maybe allowed just one little onomatopoeia.”
“What onomatopoeia causes your inner word nerd to SNAP, CRACKLE and POP with joy?”
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