Onomatopoeic Words

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  1. abracadabra
    gibberish and nonsense
  2. ahem
    the utterance of a sound similar to clearing the throat
  3. baa
    the cry made by sheep
  4. babble
    utter meaningless sounds
  5. bam
    a sudden very loud noise
  6. bang
    the swift release of a store of affective force
  7. banging
    a continuing very loud noise
  8. bap
    a small loaf or roll of soft bread
  9. barf
    eject the contents of the stomach through the mouth
  10. bark
    the sound made by a dog
  11. bash
    hit hard
  12. bawl
    cry loudly
  13. bawling
    loud cries made while weeping
  14. beep
    a short high tone produced as a signal or warning
  15. belch
    expel gas from the stomach
  16. belching
    the forceful expulsion of something from inside
  17. blab
    speak (about unimportant matters) rapidly and incessantly
  18. blare
    make a loud noise
  19. blaring
    unpleasantly loud and penetrating
  20. blast
    a sudden very loud noise
  21. bleat
    the sound of sheep or goats (or any sound resembling this)
  22. blubber
    an insulating layer of fat under the skin of some animals
  23. blurt
    utter impulsively
  24. bong
    a dull resonant sound as of a bell
  25. bonk
    hit hard
  26. boo
    a cry or noise made to express displeasure or contempt
  27. boom
    a deep prolonged loud noise
  28. bow-wow
    the bark of a dog
  29. brush
    an implement that has hairs or bristles set into a handle
  30. bubble
    a hollow globule of gas (e.g., air or carbon dioxide)
  31. bump
    an impact (as from a collision)
  32. burp
    a reflex that expels gas from the stomach through the mouth
  33. buzz
    the sound of rapid vibration
  34. buzzing
    noisy like the sound of a bee
  35. cackle
    emit a loud, unpleasant kind of laughing
  36. caw
    utter a cry, characteristic of crows, rooks, or ravens
  37. chatter
    talk socially without exchanging too much information
  38. cheep
    the short weak cry of a young bird
  39. chirp
    a sharp sound made by small birds or insects
  40. chitchat
    light informal conversation for social occasions
  41. chomp
    chew or bite noisily
  42. choo-choo
    a child's word for locomotive
  43. chortle
    a soft partly suppressed laugh
  44. chug
    make a dull, explosive sound
  45. clack
    a sharp abrupt noise as if two objects hit together
  46. clang
    a loud resonant repeating noise
  47. clanging
    having a loud resonant metallic sound
  48. clank
    a loud resonant repeating noise
  49. clanking
    having a hard nonresonant metallic sound
  50. clap
    strike one's hands together
  51. clapping
    a demonstration of approval by clapping the hands together
  52. clash
    crash together with violent impact
  53. clatter
    a rattling noise
  54. click
    a short light metallic sound
  55. clink
    a short light metallic sound
  56. clip-clop
    the sound of a horse's hoofs hitting on a hard surface
  57. clop
    the sound of a horse's hoofs hitting on a hard surface
  58. clout
    (boxing) a blow with the fist
  59. cluck
    the sound made by a hen (as in calling her chicks)
  60. clunk
    a heavy dull sound (as made by impact of heavy objects)
  61. cock-a-doodle-doo
    an imitation of the crow of a cock
  62. cough
    a sudden noisy expulsion of air from the lungs that clears the air passages; a common symptom of upper respiratory infection or bronchitis or pneumonia or tuberculosis
  63. crack
    a narrow opening
  64. crackle
    make a crackling sound
  65. crash
    break violently or noisily
  66. creak
    make a high-pitched, squeaking noise
  67. creaking
    a squeaking sound
  68. crisp
    tender and brittle
  69. croak
    a harsh hoarse utterance (as of a frog)
  70. crumple
    gather something into small wrinkles or folds
  71. crunch
    reduce to small pieces or particles by pounding or abrading
  72. cuckoo
    a bird with pointed wings and a long tail
  73. ding
    a ringing sound
  74. dingdong
    go `ding dong', like a bell
  75. dong
    the basic unit of money in Vietnam
  76. drip
    flowing in drops
  77. drop
    let fall to the ground
  78. drum
    a musical percussion instrument
  79. drumming
    the act of playing drums
  80. dump
    a piece of land where waste materials are dumped
  81. echo
    the repetition of a sound from reflection of the sound waves
  82. fizz
    become bubbly or frothy or foaming
  83. flash
    emit a brief burst of light
  84. flick
    throw or toss with a quick motion
  85. flicker
    flash intermittently
  86. flip
    turn upside down, or throw so as to reverse
  87. flitter
    move back and forth very rapidly
  88. flop
    fall loosely
  89. flub
    blunder; make a mess of something
  90. flush
    rinse, clean, or empty with a liquid
  91. flutter
    flap the wings rapidly or fly with flapping movements
  92. gag
    a restraint put into a person's mouth to prevent speaking
  93. gallop
    a fast gait of a horse
  94. gargle
    rinse one's mouth and throat with a liquid
  95. gasp
    a short labored intake of breath with the mouth open
  96. giggle
    laugh nervously
  97. glitch
    a fault or defect in a computer program, system, or machine
  98. glug
    make a gurgling sound as of liquid issuing from a bottle
  99. gong
    a large metal disk that sounds a note when struck
  100. grind
    reduce to small pieces or particles by pounding or abrading
  101. groan
    an utterance expressing pain or disapproval
  102. growl
    utter or emit low dull rumbling sounds
  103. grumble
    make complaining remarks or noises under one's breath
  104. grunt
    issue a low, animal-like noise
  105. guffaw
    a burst of loud and hearty laughter
  106. gulp
    utter or make a noise, as when swallowing too quickly
  107. gurgle
    make sounds similar to bubbling water
  108. gush
    flow forth in a sudden stream or jet
  109. hack
    chop or cut away
  110. hiccup
    a spasm of the diaphragm that produces a sound
  111. hiss
    make a sharp, elongated "s" sound
  112. holler
    call out loudly
  113. honk
    the cry of a goose (or any sound resembling this)
  114. hoot
    a loud raucous cry (as of an owl)
  115. howl
    cry loudly, as of animals
  116. hubbub
    loud confused noise from many sources
  117. hum
    sing with closed lips
  118. humming
    the act of singing with closed lips
  119. hurrah
    a victory cheer
  120. hush
    become quiet or still; fall silent
  121. icky
    soft and sticky
  122. itch
    an irritating cutaneous sensation that produces a desire to scratch
  123. jab
    poke or thrust abruptly
  124. jangle
    make a sound typical of metallic objects
  125. jig
    any of various old rustic dances involving kicking and leaping
  126. jingle
    a metallic sound
  127. kick
    drive or propel with the foot
  128. knock
    deliver a sharp blow or push :"He knocked the glass clear across the room"
  129. la
    the syllable naming the sixth (submediant) note of a major or minor scale in solmization
  130. lap
    the upper side of the thighs of a seated person
  131. laughing
    showing or feeling mirth or pleasure or happiness
  132. lick
    pass the tongue over
  133. meow
    the sound made by a cat (or any sound resembling this)
  134. mew
    cry like a cat
  135. moan
    an utterance expressing pain or disapproval
  136. moo
    make a low noise, characteristic of bovines
  137. mumble
    talk indistinctly; usually in a low voice
  138. munch
    chew noisily
  139. murmur
    a low continuous indistinct sound
  140. mutter
    talk indistinctly; usually in a low voice
  141. neigh
    make a sound characteristic of a horse
  142. nibble
    bite off very small pieces
  143. oink
    the short low gruff noise of the kind made by hogs
  144. ooh
    express admiration and pleasure by uttering `ooh' or `aah'
  145. ooze
    pass gradually or leak or as if through small openings
  146. patter
    make light, rapid and repeated sounds
  147. peep
    look quickly, cautiously, or secretly
  148. ping
    a sharp high-pitched resonant sound
  149. Ping-Pong
    a game (trademark Ping-Pong) resembling tennis but played on a table with paddles and a light hollow ball
  150. pip
    a small hard seed found in some fruits
  151. pitter-patter
    a series of rapid tapping sounds
  152. plash
    the sound like water splashing
  153. plop
    drop something with a plopping sound
  154. pluck
    pull lightly but sharply
  155. plunk
    set (something or oneself) down with or as if with a noise
  156. pong
    an unpleasant smell
  157. poof
    offensive term for an openly homosexual man
  158. pop
    make a sharp explosive noise
  159. popping
    a sharp explosive sound as from a gunshot or drawing a cork
  160. puck
    a vulcanized rubber disk used in ice hockey
  161. punch
    deliver a quick blow to
  162. purr
    a low vibrating sound typical of a contented cat
  163. quack
    the sound made by a duck
  164. quiver
    shake with fast, tremulous movements
  165. rat-a-tat
    a series of short sharp taps
  166. ratchet
    device consisting of a toothed wheel moving in one direction
  167. rattle
    make a series of short, loud sounds
  168. regurgitate
    pour or rush back
  169. ring
    a toroidal shape
  170. rip
    tear or be torn violently
  171. ripple
    a small wave on the surface of a liquid
  172. roar
    make a loud noise, as of an animal
  173. roaring
    very lively and profitable
  174. ruff
    a high tight collar
  175. rumble
    utter or emit low, dull, resonant sounds
  176. rush
    act or move at high speed
  177. rustle
    make a dry crackling sound
  178. rustling
    a light noise, like leaves blowing in the wind
  179. scream
    utter a sudden loud cry
  180. screech
    sharp piercing cry
  181. screeching
    a high-pitched noise resembling a human cry
  182. shatter
    break into many pieces
  183. shiver
    shake, as from cold
  184. shock
    an unpleasant or disappointing surprise
  185. shudder
    tremble convulsively, as from fear or excitement
  186. shuffle
    walk by dragging one's feet
  187. shush
    urge someone to be quiet
  188. sigh
    breathe out deeply and heavily
  189. sizzle
    make a sound like frying fat
  190. sizzling
    hot enough to burn with or as if with a hissing sound
  191. slam
    close violently
  192. slap
    a blow from a flat object (as an open hand)
  193. slash
    cut with sweeping strokes; as with an ax or machete
  194. slither
    pass or move unobtrusively or smoothly
  195. slop
    deep soft mud in water or slush
  196. slurp
    eat or drink noisily
  197. smack
    a blow from a flat object (as an open hand)
  198. smash
    hit violently
  199. smooch
    an enthusiastic kiss
  200. smooth
    having a surface free from roughness or irregularities
  201. snap
    separate or cause to separate abruptly
  202. snarl
    utter in an angry, sharp, or abrupt tone
  203. snick
    cut slightly, with a razor
  204. snicker
    laugh quietly
  205. sniff
    perceive by inhaling through the nose
  206. snip
    sever or remove by pinching or snipping
  207. snore
    breathe noisily during one's sleep
  208. snort
    a cry or noise made to express displeasure or contempt
  209. sob
    weep convulsively
  210. spark
    a small fragment of a burning substance
  211. splash
    cause (a liquid) to spatter about, especially with force
  212. splat
    a slat of wood in the middle of the back of a straight chair
  213. splatter
    dash a liquid upon or against
  214. splosh
    dash a liquid upon or against
  215. sputter
    spit up in an explosive manner
  216. squawk
    make a harsh, abrupt noise
  217. squeak
    make a high-pitched, screeching noise
  218. squelch
    suppress or crush completely
  219. squish
    put into a container by means of a squirting action
  220. static
    not in physical motion
  221. stomp
    walk heavily
  222. strum
    sound the strings of an instrument
  223. swat
    hit with quick blow
  224. sweep
    clean by using a broom or as if with a broom
  225. swig
    a large and hurried swallow
  226. swish
    move with or cause to move with a whistling or hissing sound
  227. switch
    device for making or breaking the connections in a circuit
  228. swoop
    move with a sweep
  229. swoosh
    the noise produced by the sudden rush of a fluid
  230. throb
    pulsate or pound with abnormal force
  231. throbbing
    pounding or beating strongly or violently
  232. thud
    a heavy, dull sound
  233. thump
    a heavy dull sound
  234. thunder
    a booming or crashing noise along the path of lightning
  235. thunk
    a dull hollow sound
  236. thwack
    a hard blow with a flat object
  237. tick
    a metallic tapping sound
  238. ticking
    a metallic tapping sound
  239. ticktock
    steady recurrent ticking sound as made by a clock
  240. tictac
    steady recurrent ticking sound as made by a clock
  241. ting
    a light clear metallic sound as of a small bell
  242. tingle
    cause a stinging or prickling sensation
  243. tinkle
    make or emit a high sound
  244. tiptoe
    walk on one's toes
  245. tremble
    move quickly and involuntarily up and down or sideways
  246. trickle
    run or flow slowly, as in drops or in an unsteady stream
  247. tsk
    utter `tsk,' `tut,' or `tut-tut,' as in disapproval
  248. tug
    pull hard
  249. twang
    a sharp vibrating sound (as of a plucked string)
  250. tweet
    a weak chirping sound as of a small bird
  251. vroom
    the roaring sound made by a motor that is running at high speed
  252. waffle
    pause or hold back in uncertainty or unwillingness
  253. waft
    blow gently
  254. wallop
    a severe blow
  255. warble
    sing or play with trills
  256. whack
    the act of hitting vigorously
  257. wham
    hit hard
  258. wheeze
    the act of breathing with a husky or whistling sound
  259. whimper
    cry weakly or softly
  260. whine
    a complaint uttered in a plaintive way
  261. whiney
    habitually complaining
  262. whip
    an instrument with a handle and a flexible lash
  263. whir
    the sound of something in rapid motion
  264. whirl
    the shape of something rotating rapidly
  265. whirr
    sound of something in rapid motion
  266. whisper
    speaking softly without vibration of the vocal cords
  267. whispered
    spoken in soft hushed tones without vibrations of the vocal cords
  268. whispering
    speaking softly without vibration of the vocal cords
  269. whistle
    the sound made when someone forces breath through pursed lips
  270. whiz
    a buzzing or hissing sound as of something traveling rapidly through the air
  271. whizz
    move along very quickly
  272. whomp
    hit with the hand
  273. whoop
    a loud hooting cry of joy or excitement
  274. whoosh
    the noise produced by the sudden rush of a fluid
  275. whop
    hit hard
  276. woof
    the yarn woven across the warp yarn in weaving
  277. wretch
    someone you feel sorry for
  278. yack
    talk incessantly and tiresomely
  279. yank
    pull with a sudden movement
  280. yap
    bark in a high-pitched tone
  281. yell
    a loud utterance; often in protest or opposition
  282. yelp
    a sharp high-pitched cry
  283. yip
    a sharp high-pitched cry (especially by a dog)
  284. zap
    a sudden event that imparts energy or excitement, usually with a dramatic impact
  285. zigzag
    a shape with sharp turns in alternating directions
  286. zing
    the activeness of an energetic personality
  287. zip
    forceful exertion
  288. zipper
    a fastener for locking together two toothed edges
  289. zoom
    the act of rising upward into the air
Created on February 28, 2013 (updated February 28, 2013)

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