Definitions

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  • adj. Of or relating to onomatopoeia.
  • adj. Having the property of onomatopoeia.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Onomatopoetic.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Pertaining to, characterized by, or of the nature of onomatopœia; representing the sound of the thing signified; imitative in speech.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adj. (of words) formed in imitation of a natural sound
  • adj. of or relating to or characterized by onomatopoeia

Etymologies

From onomatopoeia +‎ -ic. (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • Building her account around key verbs, which she would both act out while she spoke and express in onomatopoeic rhythms and tones that (re) produced history even as she uttered it, Cufassane gave the impression that she was an expert potter even though she had never made a pot in her life.

    Where Women Make History: Gendered Tellings of Community and Change in Magude, Mozambique

  • The word is onomatopoeic, and he may in fact have coined it to distinguish his own impediment, for he is said to have had a kind of stammer or lisp.

    Knotted Tongues

  • Since the minute the goudou-goudou the onomatopoeic name locals give to the earthquake made the ground shake and groan, more than 230,000 people have died and about 1.5 million have lost their homes in Port-au-Prince and the nearby cities of Léogâne, Jacmel and Petit-Goâve.

    Haiti earthquake charities blamed as scars fail to heal

  • The development of a ball made out of celluloid was a breakthrough, and led to the onomatopoeic baptism of the game.

    Play Ball!

  • Black-crowned night-heron, Nycticorax nycticorax (protonym, Ardea Nycticorax), also known as the American/common night heron, the quawk or quark (an onomatopoeic term) or simply as the night heron, photographed at Texas City Dike, Texas (USA).

    Mystery bird: black-crowned night-heron, Nycticorax nycticorax

  • A quick investigation reveals that a similar word, pengö (an onomatopoeic term for ringing or twanging), was the unit of currency in Hungary before the forint was introduced.

    Data is data, or are they?

  • Occasionally em appears as an interjection, an onomatopoeic murmur equivalent to erm or um, while in HTML it italicizes text.

    Read ‘em and write ‘em

  • It's the Japanese onomatopoeic sound (what they hear) when you something that's soft and jiggly.

    Ham!

  • But if you've ever served a low Mass in the quiet of the early dawn, "the blessed mutter of the Mass" is almost onomatopoeic.

    27 July -- Bl Titus Brandsma, O. Carm.

  • I came to Bud's music through Clifford Brown'sParisian Thoroughfare,an onomatopoeic rendition of a street scene of his adopted French hometown.

    Out Walked Bud: The Manic Life and Obscure Death of Bud Powell

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  • Any visions for how this is pronounced? I always want to say "onomatopoetical".

    April 11, 2009