- 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
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 and History for onomatopoeic
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.