A Profound List of Onomatopoeia Examples for Better Understanding

“Crack An Egg” by Denise Rodgers

Crack an egg.

Stir the butter.

Break the yolk.

Make it flutter.

Stoke the heat.

Hear it sizzle.

Shake the salt,

Just a drizzle.

Flip it over,

Just like that.

Press it down.

Squeeze it flat.

Pop the toast.

Spread jam thin.

Say the word.

Breakfast’s in.”

Edgar Allen Poe’s “The Bells” is a splendid example of onomatopoeia. In the poem, the objects and actions are named or denoted by a vocal imitation of the sound associated with them. This is what forms the base of onomatopoeia. In short, onomatopoeia is the formation of a word or a group of words that imitate the sound they denote. Check out the following onomatopoeia examples, and you will get the idea.

Good Onomatopoeic Words

Arf Bah Bam Boo
Eek Moo Pow Yap
Yuk Zap Zip Ahem
Argh Bang Bash Bawl
Beep Biff Blab Bong
Bonk Boom Brrr Burp
Buzz Ding Drip Fizz
Glug Gush Hiss Honk

Hoot Howl Phew Ping
Plop Poof Puff Purr
Ring Snap Snip Thud
Ting Toot Wham Yelp
Zing Zoom Achoo Belch
Blare Bloop Blurt Boing
Boink Cheep Chirp Chomp
Clack Clang Clank Clash
Click Clink Cluck Clunk

Cough Creak Croak Flick
Flush Groan Grunt Munch
Ouch! Plink Pluck Quack
Shush Slash Smack Snarl
Sniff Snore Snort Splat
Swish Twang Tweet Whack
Whir Whizz Yikes Cackle
Crunch Guffaw Jangle Jingle
Mumble Nibble Rattle Rumble
Rustle Sizzle Splosh Clout

Squawk Squeak Squish Swoosh
Tinkle Whoosh Atishoo Boohoo
Chatter Chortle Clatter Crackle
Flutter Screech Squelch Tick-tock
Trickle Tut-tut Whallop Kerplunk
Choo-choo Clip clop Ding dong Ker-ching
Tick-tock Lickety-wop Tsk, tsk, tsk Clippety-clop
Pitter-patter Varoom Vroom Cock-a-doodle-doo

Animal Onomatopoeia

Other great examples of onomatopoeia are animal sounds. See if you are familiar with them.

• Bee – buzz • Pig-oink
• Ass – bray • Cock – crow
• Doves – coo • Lion – roar
• Raven – croak • Sheep – baa
• Chick – peep • Flies – buzz
• Frog – croak • Goat – bleat
• Hen – cluck • Pig – squeal
• Apes – gibber • Bull – bellow
• Calve – bleat • Ferret – dook
• Hare – squeak • Hyena – laugh
• Jackal – howl • Jay – chatter
• Mice – squeak • Owl – screech
• Stag – bellow • Whale – sings
• Zebra – click • Bear – growl
• Cow – moo • Falcon – chant
• Horse – whinny • Moose – bellow
• Penguin – honk • Walrus – groan
• Cuckoo – cuckoo • Dolphin – click
• Eagles – screech • Giraffe – bleat
• Monkey – gibber • Ostrich – bleep
• Turkey – gobble • Fox – yelp, bark
• Magpie – chatter • Vulture – scream
• Wolf – howl • Badgers – growl
• Raccoon – chitter • Coyote – yelp
• Dingo – bark • Elephant – trumpet
• Grasshopper – chirp • Mosquitoes – whine
• Cat – meow, mew, purr • Fish – glub, blub, glug
• Alligators – hiss, grunt • Donkey – heehaw
• Dog – bark, bow-wow, woof • Swallow – twit and squeal
• Rooster – cock-a-doodle-doo • Bird – chirrup, chirp, tweet
• Dinosaur – grr, growl, screech • Goose – cackle, hiss, honk, quack

Some Examples of Onomatopoeia in Sentences

#1. I find piglets really cute when they squeal.

#2. Yikes! Damn the banana peel!

#3. Last night I heard a loud thud outside my window.

#4. There is nothing more calming than the rustling of leaves, the chirping of birds, and the whoosh of the wind in the early morning hours.

#5. In a fit of annoyance he said, “Tut-tut, we have worse problems ahead of us now!”

#6. Our feet creaked and crackled as we stepped over the bare planking.

#7. Within minutes the football stadium got filled with a high-pitched screech, as the players started showing up one by one.

#8. The tinkling of the doorbell tells us we have a customer.

#9. Shush! This is a library not your college cafeteria,” said the annoyed librarian at last.

#10. I was happily munching my burger, when all of a sudden, I heard a boom some 50 yards away from where I stood.

Onomatopoeia in Poems

“The Pit Bull” by D. Alsup

The pit bull yelped,
As the police took him away,

Never to growl again,

At us kids in play,

The shriek, squeal, and scream of the English bulldog,

As he pinned him that day,

Crunch,

His massive jaws, locked its teeth

Around it’s now,

Blood oozing down,

Throat and head,

Grunting, wailing, plunk,

Kerplunk,

Oh man,

Is he dead?

That was enough,

To make us stay away,

From all canine for a while,

When we’re ready,

We’ll enjoy teasing the neighbors poodles instead.

“Cynthia in the Snow” by Gwendolyn Brooks

It sushes. It hushes

The loudness in the road.

It flitter-twitters,

And laughs away from me.

It laughs a lovely whiteness,

And whitely whirs away,

To be,

Somewhere else,

Still white as milk or shirts.

So beautiful it hurts.

“The Rusty Spigot” by Eve Merriam

The rusty spigot

sputters,

utters

a splutter,

spatters a smattering of drops,

gashes wider;

slash

splatters

scatters

spurts

finally stops sputtering

and plash!

gushes rushes splashes

clear water dashes.

Now that you have some awesome examples of onomatopoeia, why don’t you start “onomatopoesing” with your friends, and have fun with sounds. This is me signing off… Whoosh!

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