from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th 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.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. The property of a word of sounding like what it represents.
- n. A word that sounds like what it represents, such as "gurgle" or "hiss".
- n. The use of language whose sound imitates that which it names.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A word formed in imitation of the sound of the thing it signifies; an imitative word. See the extract.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. using words that imitate the sound they denote
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)
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)