Onomatopoeia: Sound Effects

This page was first published on the 25th of March, 2017 and last updated on the 25th of March, 2017 by Patrick Carpen.

Onomatopoeia is a literary device in which words sound similar to the sounds they describe or define. Onomatopoeia are sound words or sound effect words. They imitate sounds. Even though the words may not sound “exactly” like the sounds they define, they come pretty close.

In my other article, Definite Words Versus Vague Words, I discussed how definite words pack greater meaning into writing. Onomatopoeia is a good example of definite words.

Say the following words: splash, trickle, boom.  These are good examples of onomatopoeia.

Here are some more examples of the onomatopoeia in action:

In the breeze, the flag flapped against the flag pole.

A dead limb crackles under the footfall of some large animal.

The poplar leaves rustle in the gentle wind.

The swaying branch of a spruce grazes against a window pane.

I wish that someone would oil the hinges of the creaking shed door.

The clank of a chain tells me that my spaniel is restless.

I like to listen to the drizzle of the spring.

In a nearby maple tree, two black squirrels scuffle noisily

The bark of a stray dog attracts my attention.

I think I hear the hum of a motor boat returning home.

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