Sunday, July 17, 2011

onomatopoeia


onomatopoeia [ on-uh’-mat-uh’-PEE-uh’, mah-tuh’  ]
 noun ]
 MEANING :
 the formation or use of words that imitate natural sounds like buzz, crack, splash, etc.
 USAGE EXAMPLE 1 :
 The word hiss can be said to be an onomatopoeia.
 USAGE EXAMPLE 2 :
 As well as portmanteaus, "meshing" is a close relation of onomatopoeia - a type of word that sounds like the thing it is describing, such as crunch or smash - and also a "distant cousin" of rhyming slang, says Mr Gabay.