WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2017
on•o•mat•o•poe•ia /ˌɑnəˌmætəˈpiə, -ˌmɑtə-/USA pronunciation   n. [uncountable]
  1. Linguisticsthe formation of a word, as cuckoo or boom, by imitating the sound made by or associated with the thing the noun refers to:In English, onomatopoeia is found in words like tweet, zap, flick, and hiss.
  2. Rhetoricthe use of such imitative words, as in poetry.
on•o•mat•o•poe•ic, on•o•mat•o•po•et•ic /ˌɑnəˌmætəpoʊˈɛtɪk, -ˌmɑtə-/USA pronunciation  adj. See -onym-.-onym-'>-nom-2,

WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2017
on•o•mat•o•poe•ia  (on′ə mat′ə pēə, -mä′tə-),USA pronunciation n. 
  1. Linguisticsthe formation of a word, as cuckoo or boom, by imitation of a sound made by or associated with its referent.
  2. Linguisticsa word so formed.
  3. Rhetoricthe use of imitative and naturally suggestive words for rhetorical effect.
on′o•mat′o•poe′ic, on•o•mat•o•po•et•ic  (on′ə mat′ə pō et′ik),USA pronunciation adj.  on′o•mat′o•poei•cal•ly, on′o•mat′o•po•eti•cal•ly, adv. 
  • Greek onomatopoiía making of words = onomato- (combining form of ónoma name) + poi- (stem of poieîn to make; see poet) + -ia -ia
  • Late Latin
  • 1570–80;

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onomatopoeia /ˌɒnəˌmætəˈpiːə/ n
  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
Etymology: 16th Century: via Late Latin from Greek onoma name + poiein to make

ˌonoˌmatoˈpoeic, onomatopoetic /ˌɒnəˌmætəpəʊˈɛtɪk/ adj ˌonoˌmatoˈpoeically, ˌonoˌmatopoˈetically adv

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