Origin of onomatopoeia
Related Words for onomatopoeiaimitation, reverberation, repetition, reflection, parallel, ringing, rebound, reiteration, repercussion, reproduction, answer, reply, onomatopoeia, parroting, mirror, allegory, allusion, analogy, anticlimax, antithesis
Examples from the Web for onomatopoeia
Historical Examples of onomatopoeia
Mao, the term for a "cat," is obviously an example of onomatopoeia.China and the Chinese
Herbert Allen Giles
Onomatopoeia, formations of words resembling in sound that of the things denoted by them.The Nuttall Encyclopaedia
Edited by Rev. James Wood
All words which were spontaneously acquired seemed to be instances of onomatopoeia.
Word Origin for onomatopoeia
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.