- 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.
- 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.
- 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: LL from Glassical Greek onomatopoiia from onoma (gen. onomatos), name plush poiein, to make: see poet
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Origin: Late Latin, from Greek onomatopoiiā, from onomatopoios, coiner of names : onoma, onomat-, name; see nō̆-men- in Indo-European roots + poiein, to make; see kwei-2 in Indo-European roots.
- onˌo·matˌo·poeˈic, onˌo·matˌo·po·etˈic adjective
- onˌo·matˌo·poeˈi·cal·ly, onˌo·matˌo·po·etˈi·cal·ly adverb