The term ‘onomatopoeia’ refers to words whose very sound is very close to the sound they are meant to depict. In other words, it refers to sound words whose pronunciation to the actual sound they represent.

Words such as grunt, huff, buzz and snap are words whose pronunciation sounds very similar to the actual sounds these words represent. In literature such words are useful in creating a stronger mental image. For instance, sentences such as “the whispering of the forest trees” or “the hum of a thousand bees” or “the click of the door in the nighttime” create vivid mental images.

30 thoughts on “Onomatopoeia”

  1. If it’s the pronunciation of an actual sound it represents, does that mean every time Hagrid says “yer” instead of “you’re” in Harry Potter, he’s using an onomatopoeia?

    1. Yes and no. Not in the traditional sense, but each time Hagrid says “yer” instead of “you’re” there is definitely a mental image created in the reader of his accent and way of speech.

    1. I think that´s not correct, because hiss is not the representation of the sound snakes do in words, but hiss is the name people give to this sound. I don´t know if i´m explaining well.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published.