- The definition of onomatopoeia is a poetic structure of words to convey how something sounds.
An example of onomatopoeia is a poem about a stream written in a way to imitate the sound of a stream.
- Onomatopoeia is defined as a word that sounds like the common sound of the object it is describing.
An example of onomatopoeia is a train being called a choo choo.
Calling this train a choo choo is an example of onomatopoeia.
- formation of a word by imitating the natural sound associated with the object or action involved; echoism (Ex.: tinkle, buzz, chickadee, etc.)
- the use of words whose sounds reinforce their meaning or tone, as in poetry
Origin of onomatopoeiaLate Latin ; from Classical Greek onomatopoiia ; from onoma (gen. onomatos), name + poiein, to make: see poet
Origin of onomatopoeiaLate Latin, from Greek onomatopoiiā, from onomatopoios, coiner of names : onoma, onomat-, name; see n&obremac;-men- in Indo-European roots + poiein, to make; see kwei-2 in Indo-European roots.
- on′o·mat′o·poe′ic, on′o·mat′o·po·et′ic
- on′o·mat′o·poe′i·cal·ly, on′o·mat′o·po·et′i·cal·ly
(countable and uncountable, plural onomatopoeias or onomatopoeiae)
From Ancient Greek ὀνοματοποιία (onomatopoiia, “the coining of a word in imitation of a sound”), from ὀνοματοποιέω (onomatopoieo, “to coin names”), from ὄνομα (onoma, “name”) + ποιέω (poieo, “to make, to do, to produce”).