An example of onomatopoeia is a train being called a choo choo.
An example of onomatopoeia is a poem about a stream written in a way to imitate the sound of a stream.
Origin of onomatopoeia
From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
- From Ancient Greek á½€Î½Î¿Î¼Î±Ï„Î¿Ï€Î¿Î¹Î¯Î± (onomatopoiia, “the coining of a word in imitation of a sound"), from á½€Î½Î¿Î¼Î±Ï„Î¿Ï€Î¿Î¹ÎÏ‰ (onomatopoieo, “to coin names"), from á½„Î½Î¿Î¼Î± (onoma, “name") + Ï€Î¿Î¹ÎÏ‰ (poieo, “to make, to do, to produce").