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THE BIG LIST OF ONOMATOPOEIA

WORDS :
 Achoo
 Ahem
 Arf
 Arghh
 Bang
 Bark
 Boo
 Brrng
 Bump
 Buzz
 Cackle
 Chatter
 Cheer
 Clap
 Clank
 Click
 Crackle
 Crash
 Crunch
 Ding-Dong
 Drip
 Eek
 Fizz
 Flipflop
 Growl
 Haha
 Hiccup
 Honk
 Howl
 Hush
 Jingle
 Jangle
 Knock
 Lala
 Meow
 Moan
 Moo
 Murmur
 Neigh
 Oink
 Plop
 Poof
 Pop
 Pow
 Psst
 Quack
 Ribbit
 Ring
 Roar
 Rustle
 Rumble
 Shhh
 Sizzle
 Slap
 Smash
 Smack
 Squish
 Swoosh
 Thud
 Thump
 Tick-Tock
 Whisper
 Whimper
 Woof
 Zip
 Zoom

These are likely many words we may have overlooked in this


list! It is hard to realize how much we use these words in
every single day conversations we might have!

Do you see the many ways these words can be used to make
your writing more descriptive? Each of these words make it
very easy to imagine the sounds and visualize a specific
scene.
Now that you understand the basic meaning of onomatopoeia
and have a list of words to use, you have all that you need to
start using these words in your writing!

FAMOUS EXAMPLES OF
ONOMATOPOEIA
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There are many authors who are well known for their use
onomatopoeia. Many examples can be found simply by
reading a couple of Dr. Suess books, one popular book being
this one: Mr. Brown Can Moo, Can You? – such a fun book to
read!

The Edgar Allen Poe poem The Raven is another example


which uses words that mimic a sound.

Which examples of onomatopoeia can you spot in the excerpt


below?

Once upon a midnight dreary, while I pondered, weak and


weary,
Over many a quaint and curious volume of forgotten lore—
While I nodded, nearly napping, suddenly there came a
tapping,
As of some one gently rapping, rapping at my chamber door.
“’Tis some visitor,” I muttered, “tapping at my chamber
door—
Only this and nothing more.”

– Edgar Allen Poe, The Raven


These are some great examples of ways many famous writers
have used onomatopoeia in their writing!
ADDITIONAL EXAMPLES OF
ONOM ATOPOEIA IN USE FOR POEMS &
POETRY
Would you like to see some examples of Onomatopoeia in
use? Here are some poetry verses we wrote specifically to
inspire you to learn how to use words that mimic sounds in
your writing!

Game Time
The crowd roars
over the swoosh of the ball
through the net
so loud you might miss –
the thud of it falling
to the floor.

THE SOUND OF H APPY

What is the sound of happy?


Is it hands clapping?
Is it the thump of you heart in your chest?
Is it the zoom of the planes overhead?

Is it a good haha?
Or the absence of a boo-hoo-hoo?
What is the sound of happy to you?