Onomatopoeia

Pronunciation: [ on-uh-mat-uh-pee-uh, ‐mah-tuh‐ ]


Definition: noun

the formation of a word, as cuckoo, meow, honk, or boom, by imitation of a sound made by or associated with its referent; often used for rhetorical, dramatic, or poetic effect

Origin: Late 16th century; Greek


Etymology: via late Latin from Greek onomatopoiia ‘word-making’, from onoma, onomat- ‘name’ + -poios ‘making’ (from poiein ‘to make’)


Usage:

Synonyms:

  • imitation

  • parallel

  • reflection

  • repetition

  • reverberation

Antonyms:

  • difference

  • opposite

  • reverse

  • question

Example: Her use of onomatopoeia in her paper about being raised on a farm was superb.

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