“Literary impressionism,” which is largely the use of onomatopoetic words, is a valuable factor in the artistic short story.
In the cultural languages they recur, if at all, only in the onomatopoetic word-formations of later origin.
As we know, music is a language which may delineate actual occurrences by means of onomatopoetic sounds.
Then follows the march, expressed both in musical notes and onomatopoetic words.
The use of onomatopoetic words, words whose sound signifies the sense, is so common that we seldom give it a thought.
Here belong also the onomatopoetic attempts of children, which are simply a sort of imitation.
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.