- 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.
- 1.1The use of onomatopoeia for literary effect.More example sentences
- Paradise Lost is also, of course, filled with mimetic sound effects, onomatopoeia and mimetic syntax, which only work if the poem is sounded.
late 16th century: via late Latin from Greek onomatopoiia 'word-making', from onoma, onomat- 'name' + -poios 'making' (from poiein 'to make').
More definitions of onomatopoeiaDefinition of onomatopoeia in:
- The US English dictionary