1The formation of a word from a sound associated with what is named (e.g. cuckoo, sizzle).
More example sentences
- If you're sceptical about the role played by sound symbolism and straight-out onomatopoeia in word origins, Liberman marshals some impressive evidence in its favour.
- I've been thinking recently about onomatopoeia: the sound words we use to describe actions.
- The sounds of living, onomatopoeia and words, were the purpose of that voice.
Definition of onomatopoeia in:
- The US English dictionary