English - Alternative Forms
English - Etymology
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”).
English - Pronunciation
English - Noun
- (uncountable) The property of a word of sounding like what it represents.
- (countable) A word that sounds like what it represents, such as "gurgle" or "hiss".
- (uncountable, rhetoric) The use of language whose sound imitates that which it names.