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onomatopoeia

[on-uh-mat-uh-pee-uh, ‐mah-tuh‐] /ˌɒn əˌmæt əˈpi ə, ‐ˌmɑ tə‐/
noun
1.
the formation of a word, as cuckoo, meow, honk, or boom, by imitation of a sound made by or associated with its referent.
2.
a word so formed.
3.
the use of imitative and naturally suggestive words for rhetorical, dramatic, or poetic effect.
Origin of onomatopoeia
1570-1580
1570-80; < Late Latin < Greek onomatopoiía making of words = onomato- (combining form of ónoma name) + poi- (stem of poieîn to make; see poet) + -ia -ia
Related forms
onomatopoeic, onomatopoetic
[on-uh-mat-uh-poh-et-ik] /ˌɒn əˌmæt ə poʊˈɛt ɪk/ (Show IPA),
adjective
onomatopoeically, onomatopoetically, adverb
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British Dictionary definitions for onomatopoeia

onomatopoeia

/ˌɒnəˌmætəˈpiːə/
noun
1.
the formation of words whose sound is imitative of the sound of the noise or action designated, such as hiss, buzz, and bang
2.
the use of such words for poetic or rhetorical effect
Derived Forms
onomatopoeic, onomatopoetic (ˌɒnəˌmætəpəʊˈɛtɪk) adjective
onomatopoeically, onomatopoetically, adverb
Word Origin
C16: via Late Latin from Greek onoma name + poiein to make
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Word Origin and History for onomatopoeia
n.

1570s, from Late Latin onomatopoeia, from Greek onomatopoiia "the making of a name or word" (in imitation of a sound associated with the thing being named), from onomatopoios, from onoma (genitive onomatos) "word, name" (see name (n.)) + a derivative of poiein "compose, make" (see poet). Related: Onomatopoeic; onomatopoeial.

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