onomatopoeia
Pronunciation
  • (New Zealand) IPA: /ˌɒnəˌmætəˈpeɪə/
  • (RP) IPA: /ˌɒnəˌmætəˈpiːə/
  • (America) enPR: än'ə-măt'ə-pēʹə or än'ə-mät'ə-pēʹə, IPA: /ˌɑnəˌmæɾəˈpiːə/, /ˌɑnəˌmɑɾəˈpiːə/
  • (US, chiefly Midwestern) IPA: /ˌɑnəˌmɑnəˈpiːə/
Noun

onomatopoeia

  1. (uncountable) The property of a word of sounding like what it represents.
  2. (countable) A word that sounds like what it represents, such as "gurgle" or "hiss".
    1. (countable) A word that appropriates a sound for another sensation or a perceived nature, such as "thud", "beep" or "meow"; an ideophone, phenomime.
  3. (uncountable, rhetoric) The use of language whose sound imitates that which it names.
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