Onomatopoeic things sound like or suggest just what they mean: words like "cough," "bang," and "sizzle" are onomatopoeic.

One very obvious onomatopoeic example is animal sounds — we have words in English like bark, oink, and ribbit that mimic the sounds they're describing. Other examples of onomatopoeic words are hiccup, zipper, and splash. In Greek, onomatopoiia means "the making of a name or word," from onoma, "word or name," and poiein, "make."

Definitions of onomatopoeic
  1. adjective
    of or relating to or characterized by onomatopoeia
    synonyms: onomatopoetic
  2. adjective
    (of words) formed in imitation of a natural sound
    synonyms: echoic, imitative, onomatopoeical, onomatopoetic
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    not echoic or imitative of sound
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