What is Onomatopoeia? Onomatopoeia is the use of words which imitate the sound they describe. Most words relate to:
- Our Voices (e.g., whisper, murmur, growl)
- Air (e.g., hiss, swish, whoosh)
- Water (e.g., drip, drizzle)
- Collisions (e.g., smash, bang, clap)
- Animal Noises (e.g., woof, moo, oink)
- “Plop, plop, fizz, fizz, oh what a relief it is.” (slogan of Alka Seltzer, U.S.)
- The horse’s hooves clip-clopped on the cobblestones.
- Those clucking chickens are driving me crazy!
- The teacher heard the distinct crunch of ruffled potato chips.
- Jacob could not sleep with the steady drip-drop of water coming from the sink.
- The root beer fizzed over the top of the mug.