Dictionary Meaning and Definition on 'Onomatopoeic'
- of or relating to or characterized by onomatopoeia [syn: onomatopoetic]
- (of words) formed in imitation of a natural sound; "onomatopoeic words are imitative of noises"; "it was independently developed in more than one place as an onomatopoetic term"- Harry Hoijer [syn: echoic, imitative, onomatopoeical, onomatopoetic] [ant: nonechoic]
- Onomatopoeic \On`o*mat`o*p[oe]"ic\, a.
Wikipedia Meaning and Definition on 'Onomatopoeic'
An onomatopoeia or onomatopœia ( pronunciation (US) (help·info), from the Greek ὀνοματοποιία; adjectival form: "onomatopoeic" or "onomatopoetic") is a word that imitates or suggests the source of the sound that it describes. Onomatopoeia (as an uncountable noun) refers to the property of such words. Common occurrences of onomatopoeias include animal noises, such as "oink" or "meow" or "roar". Onomatopoeias are not the same across all languages; they conform to some extent to the broader linguistic system they are part of; hence the sound of a clock may be tick tock in English, dī dā in Mandarin, or katchin katchin in Japanese.
In the case of a frog croaking, the spelling may vary because different frog species around the world make different sounds: Ancient Greek brekekekex koax koax (only in Aristophanes' comic play The Frogs) for probably marsh frogs; English ribbit for species of frog found in North America; English verb "croak" for the common frog. Related to this is the use of tibbir for the toad.[See more about Onomatopoeic at Dictionary 3.0 Encyclopedia]
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