An onomatopoeia is a word that imitates, mimics, or suggests the sound of an action or thing the author described.
An author uses onomatopoeic words in the story writing to make their story more interesting. Describing what is happening in the story through such types of words that sound like the thing or the action mentioned makes the story and the description more exciting, expressive, readable, and interesting for readers. It also adds atmosphere and feel to the story.
But do remember, onomatopoeic word changes from moving language to language.
Read the below examples of onomatopoeia with meanings and sentence examples included to help you understand each onomatopoeic word easily.
80 Examples of Onomatopoeia (Words List)
: used to represent the sound of a sneeze
Example- Achoo! Murphy kept sneezing all day until his grandmother made her special herbal soup for him.
: used to represent the sound made when clearing the throat, often to attract someone’s attention, expressing disapproval or doubt or embarrassment.
Example- Ahem! excuse me, said John and left the meeting without saying anything.
: used to represent the sound of a sudden impact or hit
Example- Everybody brace yourself for the landing; the pilot shouted and then, bam! The passengers were floating in the water.
: used to represent the sound of a sudden loud noise of a gunfire, explosion or knocking on the door.
Example- She heard a loud bang, when he fired his gun killing that bird on the tree.
: to strike hard and violently
Example- He based the door down to save his pet from the fire.
: a noise made to frighten someone, express disapproval or contempt
Example- The man yelled, boo! and every kid standing outside his door for trick or treat ran away.
: used to represent a deep loud noise often the sound of an explosion
Example- Every passenger heard the boom, before the plane started falling down.
: used to represent the bouncing, springing or twanging sound or action
Example- The football went boing onto a spectator’s head.
: used to represent a short, high-pitched sound emitted by an electronic device or vehicle horn.
Example- She first heard a beeping noise coming out of the kitchen and soon the house was filled with smoke.
: used to represent a noise made by air released from your stomach through the mouth
Example- He felt really embarrassed when he burped in front of Emma.
: used to represent a low continuous humming sound made by a bee or insects flying
Example- Flies were buzzing all around the dirty man’s body.
: used to represent a loud and harsh laughing sound
Example- The witch cackled when the wizard got trapped in her trap.
: used to represent a high-pitched quick & repeated noise made by animals, birds and machines, or a sound made by the teeth when feeling very cold or frightened or to talk fast and often on trivial matters
Example- The chatter of the librarian’s typewriter was disturbing everyone.
: used to represent a loud shout of applause or encouragement
Example- In the final race, no one was there to cheer for her, and she still won the race.
: used to represent a sharp high-pitched sound made by small birds and some insects.
Example- The cricket chirping sounds louder in the dark silent night.
: used to represent a sound made by striking palms of hand together
Example- They began to clap when she entered the room.
: used to represent the noise made by pots and pans or the sound of a metal object being hit
Example- The sound of the bell clanging at the clock tower could be heard from far away.
: used to represent the loud sound of metal objects hitting each other.
Example- When Beth heard the clanking noise of a ferry coming closer to the island, she knew that she was saved now.
: used to represent the sound of switches, electronic buttons, or any two hard objects coming quickly into contact
Example- As soon as the key clicked in the lock of the mysterious box, the light started emitting from it.
: used to represent the sound made by a horse’s hooves hitting on hard ground while walking.
Example- When the queen heard the sound of clip-clops of horse hooves, she knew that the king had returned.
: used to represent a loud, rattling sound made by hitting hard objects against each other
Example- In anger, she started clattering the dishes and broke many.
: used to represent short, harsh, and sharp noises
Example- He turned on the radio but it started to crackle.
: used to represent the loud noise of two vehicles or heavy objects hitting each other and causing damage
Example- The huge waves crashed against the small boat.
: used to represent a harsh, high-pitched or squeaking noise often coming from rusty hinges or wood-made stuff under pressure or being moved.
Example- Emilia got really scared when she heard her grandmother’s rocking chair creaking at midnight, but then she saw her cat sleeping on it.
: used to represent the sound of chewing hard food or if something is being pressed or crushed
Example- As she walked, she heard her footsteps crunching dried leaves.
: used to represent a short ringing sound or a bell sound.
Example- She dinged the bell on the desk twice but no one showed up.
: used to represent the sound of a bell
Example- Ding-dong, she rang the doorbell, but no one answered.
: use to represent the sound of liquid falling in drops
Example- The drip of rain on the roof was so calming.
: used to represent a scream
Example- Eek!, a screaming noise came from inside the house.
: used to represent a hissing sound coming from tiny gas bubbles popping.
Example- She welcomed us with fizzy lemonade.
: used to represent a quick up and down or irregular movement
Example- The leaves of the banana tree were fluttering in the wind.
: used to represent a deep, long sound or moan expressing pain, or grief
Example- The wounded soldier was groaning in pain.
: used to represent a low rough sound, often someone makes when annoyed or angry
Example- She just grunted and rejected his proposal for dinner.
: used to represent a low noise made by animals in their throat, usually when they are angry
Example- The dog was barking and growling at the stranger.
: used to represent a quiet silly laugh
Example- She started giggling in front of her professor.
: used to represent a long, loud crying sound made by a dog or wolf; to cry out loudly in anger, pain, amusement etc.
Example- Her pet dog suddenly started howling at midnight.
: used to tell someone to be quiet; a sudden calm silence
Example- Hush! You will wake grandpa.
: used to represent a tinkling sound made by metal pieces shaken or striking together.
Example- When little Clara heard the jingle of coins in her brother’s pocket, she understood that he was the one who stole the money from her piggy bank.
: used to represent a harsh metallic sound made by metal pieces hitting each other.
Example- The keys jangled in his pocket as walked down the stairs.
: used to represent the sound a cat makes.
Example- She heard a meowing, and soon saw a cat coming out of her kitchen.
: used to represent a long, low sound made by a person in physical pain, or mental suffering
Example- He moaned with pain when he suddenly fell from the stairs.
: used to represent a sound a cow makes.
Example- As close as you reach her farm, you will start hearing the mooing of many cows.
: used to represent someone saying or speaking something very quietly
Example- ‘’Thanks for the help’’, she murmured.
: to speak quietly in an unclear way, making it hard for others to understand.
Example- Grandpa mumbled something and then left the house.
: to represent a sound made by a horse.
Example- The horse gave a loud neigh, and then started running around the farm.
: used to represent a noise made by a pig
Example- The farm pig just came close to me and oinked.
: used to represent an expression of intense or sudden pain.
Example- Ow! You threw the ball so hard at me.
: used to represent a series of light tapping, or beating sounds; as of raindrops or footsteps sound
Example- His feet pitter-pattered down the hall.
: used to represent or show a sudden disappearance.
Example- Poof! The magician made the girl disappear.
: used to represent a short sharp or explosive sound; or to burst open with such a sound
Example- All the balloons popped just after inflating.
: used to represent a loud noise as of a gun being fired or of an explosion
Example- Pow! The soldier shot down the unknown drone flying around him.
: used to represent a short, sharp, high-pitched resonant sound
Example- He pinged the bell, and soon a butler came for her.
: used to represent the sound of something falling or dropped into water
Example- The fish dived into the river with a plop.
: used to represent a low vibrating sound made by a contented cat.
Example- Her cat started purring in my lap.
: used to represent a long, loud noise.
Example- The river roared down the valley.
: used to represent a continuous low sound.
Example- Thunder rumbled the whole night before the heavy rainfall started.
: used to represent a dry cracking sound often of movement of dry leaves
Example- The palm tree leaves rustled in the summer wind.
: used to represent the sound of silencing someone
Example- Shh! You will wake him up.
: used to represent a loud, harsh, piercing sound.
Example- She screeched when a mouse bounced on her.
: used to tell someone to be quiet
Example- Shush! You are in the library.
: used to represent a hissing sound as of frying, cooking or burning
Example- The sun was sizzling the desert land.
: to make a sucking noise while eating or drinking.
Example- He was slurping a coffee drink.
: used to represent the sound of a violent impact, something breaking or shattering.
Example- The ball smashed his car window.
: to breathe noisily during sleep
Example- Grandpa’s loud snoring kept me awake the whole night.
: used to represent the sound of someone smelling something by breathing air through the nose.
Example- Her dog started sniffing my shoes.
: used to represent the sound of crushing something soft.
Example- She could hear the squish of her wet shoes while walking.
: used to represent the sound of something striking or falling into liquid causing it to spatter.
Example- I heard a splash and then saw my pet dog had jumped into the swimming pool.
: used to represent the sound of something wet hitting a surface.
Example- The eggs fall on the ground with a splat.
: used to represent a sound produced by a sudden rush of air or liquid
Example- He kicked the ball and it swooshed past my head.
: used to represent a sound made by rats or mice, also by objects like shoes, doors or wheels
Example- Her new boots squeaked as she walked.
: used to represent a sound made by one’s hitting someone or something with a fist
Example- He heard a loud thump on the door at night.
: used to represent a sound made by something heavy falls or hit something
Example- The book fell on the desk with a thud.
: used to represent the ticking sound of a clock.
Example- He heard the tick-tock/ticking of the cloak and suddenly remembered that he was getting late for the movie.
: used to represent a vibrating sound made by plucking a string
Example- He was just twanging the guitar and not playing anything musical.
: used to represent the sound someone makes when they think something is disgusting, unpleasant or annoying
Example- Ugh! Her room smells so bad.
: used to represent a soft and quiet sound of someone saying something using their breath but not their voice.
Example- ‘’Thank you for your support’’, she whispered.
: used to represent the sound of a soft or weak cry expressing fear or pain
Example- The child started whimpering at night.
: used to represent a loud noise someone makes when expressing joy, excitement or enjoyment
Example- The class was whooping and clapping for her.
: used to represent the barking sound made by a dog.
Example- When she heard the woofing of her pet dog, she knew that she had found it.
: used to express fear, surprise, and shock.
Example- Yikes! The deadline for the project has been changed to just two days.
: used to represent an expression of distaste or disgust
Example- Yuck, It’s spinach and cabbage soup again.
: used to represent the sound of someone or something moving rapidly and making a high-pitched buzzing sound.
Example- The car zinged past him.