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onomatopoeia

Syllabification: on·o·mat·o·poe·ia
Pronunciation: /ˌänəˌmadəˈpēə
 
, ˌänəˌmädəˈpēə
 
/

Definition of onomatopoeia in English:

noun

1The formation of a word from a sound associated with what is named (e.g., cuckoo, sizzle).
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 rhetorical effect.
Example sentences
  • One remarkable piece appears to be a superhero story, but all the words, including the onomatopoeia, read together as a short memoir of the author's childhood.
  • The only words that appear are a few onomatopoeia such as ‘ring,’ ‘poff’ and ‘boom.’
  • It's interesting to me that in your work, apart from an obvious concern about ethics per se here, the text itself almost becomes cyborgian, almost becomes genetically modified and that's what you're talking about - the onomatopoeia.

Origin

late 16th century: via late Latin from Greek onomatopoiia 'word-making', from onoma, onomat- 'name' + -poios 'making' (from poiein 'to make').

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