Written Sound
Onomatopoeia Dictionary
Words that sound like the thing they mean: Imitative words. From the Greek "onoma" (name) and "poiein" (to make)


BAMF in the Marvel comic books represents the sound of X-Men character Nightcrawler when he transports himself. The sound is caused by air rushing into the area where Nightcrawler's body once was

misc gas movement


sound of a helicopter. Find all helicopter sounds

engine helicopter movement


the rumbling sound produced by the movement of gas through the intestines of animals, including humans. Stomach growling.

eat_drink animal gas


to blunder, from Middle English bomblen (to boom)


chakk-chackk-chak-chak, chak-a-chak-akk-chk-chk-chk

sound of a helicopter. Find all helicopter sounds

engines helicopter movement

chooga chooga chooga

steam engine or train. Click here for more train sounds

engine movement

CHUGGA chugga chugga CHUGGA chugga chugga CHOO CHOOOOOOO

steam engine or train. from this book:
Trans go, by Steve Light
Click here for more train sounds

machine movement


sound of a train sound of a train riding on a railroad switch or joint (Song of the train by David McCord, in Noisy poems by Jill Bennett), see also clackety-clack

metal movement engine


to move violently or suddenly. also lash



Sound of a helicopter. Find all helicopter sounds

engine helicopter movement


sound of fended off punch with the hand. from:
Dragon Ball Z Vol 1, by Akira Toriyama

hard_hit movement


sound of a helicopter. Find all helicopter sounds

engines helicopter movement


1. a blow, 2. noise of a bird's wing in motion, 3. to strike with something flexible or broad

hard_hit animal bird movement


a light sharp jerky stroke or movement

light_hit movement


flip-flops are a simple footwear named by sound produced when walking in them

movement human

floovb, floovb, vwomp, vwomp

sound of a bad tire of a car. Cartalk

automotive engine movement rubber


sound of a wad of mail as it falls from a letter-box (ref)

paper movement hit


1. to flap wings rapidly, 2. to float to and fro

animal bird movement liquid

fwip fwip fwip

sound of a dog's wagging tail ( Wag! Patrick McDonnell)

animal tail movement

gwuf, gwuf, gwuf

sound of footstep ("Pedro and the padre", by Verna Aardema)

human movement


to move or be moved off the ground. Possibly imitative of the sound of feet coming into contact with ground when landing

animal movement


sound of a car running over a road safety bump (ref)

car automotive movement hit


sound of running footsteps ("Misoso: Once Upon a Time Tales from Africa", by Verna Aardema)

human movement


the sound of ice skates during a game of hockey (ref)

ice movement human skating sports


sound of a small door opening. from:
Dragon Ball Z Vol 1, by Akira Toriyama

movement squeaky peep rusty hinge


Sound of a skateboarder skateboarding. Skateboarder doing a trick: "Krrrrrrrr, snap! (pause) Crack! Krrrrrrrr..." user Mikemega on answerbag.com

movement human sport toy


1. to move violently or suddenly. also: to dash, 2. to thrash or beat violently, as in "the rain lashed at the windowpanes". More rain sounds

hard_hit movement movement weather


sound of a propeller plane flying overhead (ref)

plane movement engine


to walk with a soft dull tread



sound of an automatic glass door opening (ref)

movement door


1. to peep or chirp, as a chick does. 2. A short, high-pitched radio signal 3. pip-pip-pip: sound of footsteps ("Misoso: Once Upon a Time Tales from Africa", by Verna Aardema)

animal bird movement


1. interjection used to indicate a sudden vanishing: The magician waved a wand, and poof! The birds disappeared! (often with a little cloud of smoke) In this sense poof may be imitative. 2. effeminate man or male homosexual. In this sense poof is not imitative

gas air movement misc


Sound of a poorly running motorcycle engine. The sound emphasis is on the 'p' and 't' rather than the vowels. Janet writes: "My sister used the above expression to describing a problem she had on starting a new motorcycle - it was jerking along as if it had 'kangaroo juice' in the tank. She assumed a "Gangnam Style" stance and dance to illustrate it, while saying "there I was going 'potato-potato-potato' - what a show-up!" She says that this expression is often used within her group of motorcycling friends, usually in connection with novice riders, although it may be in use more widely across the UK. The sound emphasis seems to be on the 'p' and 't' rather than the vowels." (thanks Janet!)

engine movement


sound of an electric drill (ref)

drill engine movement mechanism buzz


sound of a car when driving fast

engine automotive movement

rump - rump

sound of a washing machine , "[Aredelia] found Starling in the warm laundry room, dozing against the slow rump-rump of a washing machine." (Thomas Harris, Silence of the Lambs, 1988)

machine engine movement


sound of a flying arrow

weapon movement


sound of a person slipping on something, e.g. wet floor ("Garfield", Jim Davis)

movement liquid water


1. a high shrill piercing cry usually expressing pain or terror, 2. the high pitched sound the tires of a car make when it turns at high speed

human human pain animal engine automotive movement crack


sound of objects flying by. from:
Dragon Ball Z Vol 1, by Akira Toriyama

shuh, shuh, shuh

sound of swimming ("Borreguita and the Coyote: A Tale from Ayutla, Mexico", by Verna Aardema)

human animal movement liquid water

shuush, shuush

sound of skiing through the snow (ref)

movement snow sliding sports


1. to spill or splash (a liquid) copiously or clumsily, 2. to agitate in a liquid (eg. slosh clothes in a solution of bleach and detergent), 3. to splash, wade, or flounder in water or another liquid

movement liquid


to fall or sink

movement liquid


to dash water upon

movement liquid


make a splashing sound, to make a certain noise or sound, to walk through mud or mire, to cause a liquid to spatter about. also: sploosh

animal movement liquid water


the sound of a pie hitting someone in the face (Garfield (Jim Davis) comic)

eat_drink movement liquid water food wet


spitting out a mouthful of liquid ("Garfield", Jim Davis)

eat_drink movement liquid water


A short, irregular curve or twist, as in writing or drawing. Possibly a blend of squirm and wriggle

misc movement


To twist one's body with snakelike motions from shame or embarrassment, or to evade a question. Possibly imitative

human movement

ssinda, sssssinda

sound of an old dial telephone. Dialing 1 is "ssinda." Dialing 9 is "sssssinda." (ref ). More telephone sounds

movement telephone mechanism


to dash violently, make a noise of clashing swords

hard_hit metal movement


sound of an object moving through air or water

movement liquid gas


Nike brand logo, but also the sound of rushing air or water

movement liquid gas


sound of a helicopter. Find all helicopter sounds

engine helicopter movement


sound of a baseball, hitting a catcher's mitt (ref)

sports ball movement hit


Sound produced by quickly opening a folding fan. Urban Dictionary. Made famous by drag queen Katya Zamolodchikova

tick tock

sound of a clock. also: tic toc

light_hit movement metal


sound of a dog's claws as he/she walks on a wooden floor (ref)

animal movement claw hit

tlot tlot

sound of horse's hooves. used in the poem "The Highwayman" by Alfred Noyes.
Tlot tlot, tlot tlot! Had they heard it? The horse-hooves, ringing clear;
Tlot tlot, tlot tlot, in the distance! Were they deaf that they did not hear?

animal movement


sound of a helicopter. more helicopter sounds

engine helicopter movement


sound of a fast driving car or an explosion (Also the title of a Roy Lichtenstein painting. Find more explosions.

explosion engine automotive movement


Sound of a moving object (Also the title of a Roy Lichtenstein painting



sound of explosive impact (weapon) (features in the Roy Lichtenstein painting "O.K., Hot Shot"). Find more explosions. Find more weapon sounds.

explosion movement weapon


Sound of a whistle of an old steam locomotive. This is a high-pitched one. A lower-pitched one might do "vroo-vroo"

air engine movement


Sound of a whistle of an old steam locomotive. This would be a low-pitched one. A high-pitched one would be more like "vreeeeeeeeeeeeeeew"

gas movement engine


sound of a car

engine automotive movement


violent noisy movement



to move swiftly with a vibratory sound, eg of a small electric motor, electronic film transport in an analog photo camera.

engine movement


a sibilant sound, or a swift movement or flow


whop whop whop

sound of a helicopter. Find more helicopter sounds

engines helicopter movement


sound of a helicopter. Find more helicopter sounds

engines helicopter movement


When the fracture of a weak snow layer causes an upper layer to collapse, making a whumpfing sound. Whumpf has been adopted as a technical avalanche term to describe the sound of a collapsing snowpack when you cross the snow. For instance, "we got a lot of whumpfing today", or "the snowpack whumpfed like rolling thunder just before it released and caught us." Avalanche Encyclopedia

Weather snow movement hit


sound of a helicopter. Find more helicopter sounds

engines helicopter movement

wuppa wuppa

sound of a helicopter. Find more helicopter sounds

engines movement helicopter


the "sound" of someone stealing something. the word is spoken to make obvious or humorous the playful theft of an item in front of others. (e.g. "you shouldn't leave your wallet lying around like that...Yoink!". used often in the cartoon series "the Simpsons")

misc human animal movement


a shrill humming sound, such as from a bullet or vibrating string. As a verb: to move very quickly, especially while making a high pitched sound. As a noun used figuratively, meaning zest, vitality, or (in cuisine) spicy flavor. In comedy, zing is sometimes used as an interjection to acknowledge a witty comeback. The witty comeback itself is then called a zinger.

misc metal movement


to travel with a sharp hissing or humming sound



to speed along with a low hum or buzz. also: to focus a camera on an object using a zoom lens (to 'zoom in' or 'zoom out'), also imitative of sound when motorized.

engine movement

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