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Такође погледајте: onomatopoeïa и onomatopœia



A sign in a shop window in Milan using onomatopoeia for a clock


Borrowed from Антички Грчки 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)




onomatopoeia (countable and uncountable, plural onomatopoeias or onomatopoeiae)

  1. (uncountable) The property of a word of sounding like what it represents.
    • 1553, Thomas Wilson, Desiderius Erasmus, Arte of Rhetorique[1], Oxford: Clarendon Press, published 1909:
      A woorde making called of the Grecians Onomatapoia, is when wee make wordes of our owne minde, such as bee derived from the nature of things.
  2. (countable) A word that sounds like what it represents, such as "gurgle" or "hiss".
    1. (countable) A word that appropriates a sound for another sensation or a perceived nature, such as "thud", "beep", or "meow"; an ideophone, phenomime.
  3. (uncountable, rhetoric) The use of language whose sound imitates that which it names.