onomatopoeia [on- uh-mat- uh- pee- uh, ‐mah-t uh‐] Word Origin See more synonyms on Thesaurus.com the formation of a word, as cuckoo, meow, honk, or boom, by imitation of a sound made by or associated with its referent. a word so formed. the use of imitative and naturally suggestive words for rhetorical, dramatic, or poetic effect. Origin of onomatopoeia 1570–80;
making of words, equivalent to
(combining form of
to make; see
-ia -ia Related forms on·o·mat·o·poe·ic, on·o·mat·o·po·et·ic , [on- uh-mat- uh-poh- et-ik] /ˌɒn əˌmæt ə poʊˈɛt ɪk/ adjective on·o·mat·o·poe·i·cal·ly, on·o·mat·o·po·et·i·cal·ly, adverb
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British Dictionary definitions for onomatopoeically the formation of words whose sound is imitative of the sound of the noise or action designated, such as hiss, buzz, and bang the use of such words for poetic or rhetorical effect Derived Forms onomatopoeic or onomatopoetic ( ˌɒnəˌmætəpəʊˈɛtɪk), adjective onomatopoeically or onomatopoetically, adverb Word Origin
C16: via Late Latin from Greek
onoma name + poiein to make
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Word Origin and History for onomatopoeically onomatopoeia n.
1570s, from Late Latin
onomatopoeia, from Greek onomatopoiia "the making of a name or word" (in imitation of a sound associated with the thing being named), from onomatopoios, from onoma (genitive onomatos) "word, name" (see name (n.)) + a derivative of poiein "compose, make" (see poet). Related: Onomatopoeic; onomatopoeial.
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