- 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
Examples from the Web for onomatopoeic
Historical Examples of onomatopoeic
In Language, its Origin and Development , he upholds the onomatopoeic theory.
With onomatopoeic effects it gives a vivid if unfriendly picture of a blacksmith's forge on a busy night.
In the vernacular the point is brought out by the onomatopoeic character of the lines, which cannot be rendered in English.
- 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
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.