• WordNet 3.6
    • n onomatopoeia using words that imitate the sound they denote
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n onomatopoeia A word formed in imitation of the sound of the thing it signifies; an imitative word. See the extract.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Onomatopoeia on-ō-mat-o-pē′ya the formation of a word so as to resemble the sound of the thing of which it is the name: such a word itself, also the use of such a word, as 'click,' 'cuckoo'—also Onomatopoē′sis, Onomatopoiē′sis
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Gr. onoma, -atos, a name, poiein, to make.


In literature:

Among Tropes, Onomatopoeia is very common.
"Essays and Miscellanies" by Plutarch
ONOMATOPOEIA, formations of words resembling in sound that of the things denoted by them.
"The Nuttall Encyclopaedia" by Edited by Rev. James Wood
He seemed as much taken aback as if he had found a tribe of Cherokees studying onomatopoeia in English verse.
"McClure's Magazine, Volume VI, No. 3. February 1896" by Various
It really was a rather remarkable piece of onomatopoeia.
"The Jervaise Comedy" by J. D. Beresford
Onomatopoeia, 375, 4. opera, operae, 61.
"New Latin Grammar" by Charles E. Bennett
I may venture to say it is too expressive, too full of onomatopoeia.
"Frédéric Mistral" by Charles Alfred Downer
More names of animals, learned from adults; no onomatopoeia (160).
"The Mind of the Child, Part II" by W. Preyer
Find examples of alliteration, of onomatopoeia, of all the figures of speech that you can find here.
"Teachers' Outlines for Studies in English" by Gilbert Sykes Blakely
His device was the obvious one which is called, by rhetoricians, onomatopoeia.
"A Manual of the Art of Fiction" by Clayton Hamilton
Few people really cared what onomatopoeia was or that Presquile was in Maine.
"Mascara-Viscera" by Paul Cameron Brown
Hens are cud-dah, a flagrant example of Onomatopoeia.
"The Atlantic Monthly, Volume 16, No. 98, December, 1865" by Various

In news:

He sketched the figure in his Moleskine, complete with onomatopoeia: "Clobber".
This Week In The 'Drome: The Mueller Code, the East Coast notices us, in-state hate and enough onomatopoeia to fill a pre-school reader.
"The formation of a word from a sound associated with what is named" is the New Oxford American Dictionary's definition of "onomatopoeia" (Ah-Nuh-mah-tuh-PEE-uh).
Robotic onomatopoeia and a space setting will make this take on a classic tale a read -aloud hit.
What do ground beef, onomatopoeia and a slew of fresh ingredients have in common.