onomatopoeia

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A sign in a shop window in Milan using onomatopoeia for a clock

Etymology[edit]

Borrowed from Ancient Greek ὀνοματοποιία (onomatopoiía, the coining of a word in imitation of a sound), from ὀνοματοποιέω (onomatopoiéō, to coin names), from ὄνομα (ónoma, name) + ποιέω (poiéō, to make, to do, to produce).

Pronunciation[edit]

  • (Received Pronunciation) IPA(key): /ˌɒnəˌmætəˈpiːə/
  • (New Zealand) IPA(key): /ˌɒnəˌmɛtəˈpæɪə/
  • (US) enPR: än'ə-măt'ə-pēʹə or än'ə-mät'ə-pēʹə, IPA(key): /ˌɑnəˌmætəˈpiːə/, /ˌɑnəˌmɑtəˈpiːə/
  • (US, chiefly Midwestern) IPA(key): /ˌɑnəˌmɑnəˈpiːə/
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  • Rhymes: -iːə

Noun[edit]

onomatopoeia (countable and uncountable, plural onomatopoeias or onomatopoeiae)

  1. (uncountable) The property of a word of sounding like what it represents.
    • 1553, Thomas Wilson, Desiderius Erasmus, Arte of Rhetorique[1], Oxford: Clarendon Press, published 1909:
      A woorde making called of the Grecians Onomatapoia, is when wee make wordes of our owne minde, such as bee derived from the nature of things.
  2. (countable) A word that sounds like what it represents, such as "gurgle," "stutter," or "hiss".
    1. (countable) A word that appropriates a sound for another sensation or a perceived nature, such as "thud", "beep", or "meow"; an ideophone, phenomime.
  3. (uncountable, rhetoric) The use of language whose sound imitates that which it names.

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Etymology[edit]

From the Ancient Greek ὀνομᾰτοποιῐ́ᾱ (onomatopoiíā).

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Noun[edit]

onomatopoeia f (genitive onomatopoeiae); first declension

  1. (rhetoric) onomatopoeia (the forming of a word to resemble in sound the thing that it signifies)

Declension[edit]

First-declension noun.

Case Singular Plural
Nominative onomatopoeia onomatopoeiae
Genitive onomatopoeiae onomatopoeiārum
Dative onomatopoeiae onomatopoeiīs
Accusative onomatopoeiam onomatopoeiās
Ablative onomatopoeiā onomatopoeiīs
Vocative onomatopoeia onomatopoeiae

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