Written Sound
Onomatopoeia Dictionary
Words that sound like the thing they mean: Imitative words. From the Greek "onoma" (name) and "poiein" (to make)


sound a large serving of mashed potatoes makes when it hits the plate (also a corresponding measurement of same) (ref)

food hit spoon

brekekekex, koax, koax

(Ancient Greek) frog . Features in Aristophanes' comedy Batrachoi ("The Frogs", (405 BCE) - as translated by Matthew Dillon. The phrase was also used by Hans Christian Andersen, in the fairy tale Tommeliden ("Thumbelina", 1835)



(possibly of imitative origin) clown, may stem from allusion to puffing out cheeks as a comic gesture

gas misc


U.S. city police siren in traffic (ref)

police tone alarm siren city car automotive


sound of big metal-framed ink-stamps used by court clerks (ref)

metal hit


sound of a ruler strummed against a table (ref)

plastic metal hit vibration

eek eek

1. monkey, mouse or rat vocalization 2. sound of a squaky shoe (from "Mr. Brown can moo, can you?" by Dr. Seuss) 3. human exclamation uttered when scared or distressed



sound of a wad of mail as it falls from a letter-box (ref)

paper movement hit

fwww - cluck

sound of a hockey puck hitting the net of the goal and then the ice (ref)

sports ice hockey hit

gray-winged trumpeter

(Psophia crepitans) bird species found in South America, whose song is a low humming, but its call, as its name suggests, is a very loud Jeek or honking TZAAK, which may be the reason for the name "trumpeter". This bird is kept as a pet by Amerindians, since it is easily tamed, hunts snakes, and is a very efficient sentinel, with its unmissable alarm call. about this bird

animal bird


sound of the goal light and siren in a hockey game (ref)

sports hockey goal alarm siren tone


sound of a car running over a road safety bump (ref)

car automotive movement hit


the sound of ice skates during a game of hockey (ref)

ice movement human skating sports

NEE-eu NEE-eu

French police siren (ref)

police traffic siren tone alarm car automotive


sound of a propeller plane flying overhead (ref)

plane movement engine


sound of a puck hit during hockey (ref)

sports hit hockey ice


sound of an aluminum bat hitting a baseball (ref)

bat sports hit ball


sound of an automatic glass door opening (ref)

movement door

Plip - plip - ploop - plip - plip - plip - plip - ploop

sound of light summer rain hitting the roof (ref). More rain sounds

liquid water rain weather house


sound of a squeaky metal hinge ("Garfield", Jim Davis)



sound of an electric drill (ref)

drill engine movement mechanism buzz

schwump schwump schwump schwump

sound of windshield wipers of a car during heavy rain (ref). More rain sounds. More car sounds

rain weather automotive liquid water

shuush, shuush

sound of skiing through the snow (ref)

movement snow sliding sports


cry of a rat



sound of nails on a blackboard (ref)

nails human school scratch crack


cry of a rat (also: skreek), or to utter a short shrill cry or noise


ssinda, sssssinda

sound of an old dial telephone. Dialing 1 is "ssinda." Dialing 9 is "sssssinda." (ref ). More telephone sounds

movement telephone mechanism

thisshig rrrerrk

sounds coming out of the loudspeaker in the subway during an important announcement (ref)

human voice electronic static noise crack


sound of a baseball, hitting a catcher's mitt (ref)

sports ball movement hit


sound of a dog's claws as he/she walks on a wooden floor (ref)

animal movement claw hit


sound of a train horn (ref)

horn tone alarm train


sound of a cat eating wet food (ref). More cat sounds

cat animal eatdrink food vocalization


sound of a defibrillator (ref)

medical human electronic hit electric shock therapy heart attack

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