Sunday, February 7, 2016

O is for Onomatopoeia

[on-uh-mat-uh-pee-uh, ‐mah-tuh‐] 


the formation of a word, as cuckoo, meow, honk, or boom, 
by imitation of a sound made by or associated with its referent.

Onomatopoeia refers to words that sound similar to the thing that they represent. Examples of onomatopoeia words, such as "moo" for cow, "oink" for pig, "beep" for a car horn, "drip" for water are such words. Common words that we use such as fluttered, jingled, tip-toed, whispered are also considered a type of onomatopoeia because we actually speak these words to describe.

Examples of Onomatopoeia

Books that have examples of Onomatopoeia.

Did you know that many poems contain onomatopoeia? Many poems are descriptive in nature. These types of words help use to better imagine what is going on. Here are some examples:

The Bells by Edgar Allen Poe

Fossils by Ogden Nash

Blogging Through the Alphabet here and here.


  1. Always wondered what that word meant. Thanks for the practical examples. Although I was more impressed at how many times you spelled onomatopoeia (me? I copied and pasted :-))

  2. I love the comic book graphics! BOOM! Reminds me of the old Batman TV show!

    1. I was just going to say that (and comic books) is how my boys remember Onomatopoeia!