Onomatopoeia Definition

ŏnə-mătə-pēə, -mätə-
noun
Formation of a word by imitating the natural sound associated with the object or action involved; echoism (Ex.: tinkle, buzz, chickadee, etc.)
Webster's New World
The use of words whose sounds reinforce their meaning or tone, as in poetry.
Webster's New World
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.
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Other Word Forms of Onomatopoeia

Noun

Singular:
onomatopoeia
Plural:
onomatopoeiae, onomatopoeias

Origin of Onomatopoeia

  • Late Latin from Greek onomatopoiiā from onomatopoios coiner of names onoma onomat- name nō̆-men- in Indo-European roots poiein to make kwei-2 in Indo-European roots

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • 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").

    From Wiktionary

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