Onomatopoeia meaning

ŏnə-mătə-pēə, -mätə-
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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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.

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The use of words whose sounds reinforce their meaning or tone, as in poetry.
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Formation of a word by imitating the natural sound associated with the object or action involved; echoism (Ex.: tinkle, buzz, chickadee, etc.)
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The formation or use of words such as buzz or murmur that imitate the sounds associated with the objects or actions they refer to.
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(countable) A word that sounds like what it represents, such as "gurgle" or "hiss".
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(uncountable) The property of a word of sounding like what it represents.
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(uncountable, rhetoric) The use of language whose sound imitates that which it names.
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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