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


Exclaimation of dismay, commonly used, and originaly created by the Peanuts gang by Charles Schulz. Used frequently by Charlie Brown in the following situations: Losing a Baseball game, Having the football pulled away by Lucy, In an embarrassing situation. Also used by other members of the peanuts gang and can be used as a roaring sound to scare someone. 1) Linus: I told her about how you're madly in love with her, Charlie Brown: Aaugh!! 2) Snoopy: It's not the things that go 'bump' in the night that scare me. It's the things that go 'AAUGH!'. Urban dictionary

dismay pain embarrassment comics


to cry out loudly and unrestrainedly. From baulare (Medieval Latin) or baula (old Norse), imitative origin.

human animal


U.S. city police siren in traffic (ref)

police tone alarm siren city car automotive


1. chatter, prattle 2. to make an abrupt striking sound or series of sounds, such as footsteps 3. cry of a bird , especially fowl. see also: cackle, cluck 4. Sound of a late 19th century gun being closed after loading, according to a reply to a yahoo!Answers post about the sound of old guns

animal bird weapon metal

har har!

laughter. sarcastic, as if sarcastically saying "very funny." or old fashioned hick laugh


hoo hoo hoo hoo

1. monkey vocalization, also: ook, hoo hoo hoo hoo, oo oo oo, 2. the sound of wind, 3. the sound of a ghost (2 and 3: in the poem "The congo" by Vachel Lindsay "...Like the wind. Hoo, Hoo, Hoo. Listen to the yell of Leopold's ghost..."

animal weather

hyuk hyuk

laughter. more old fashioned and more hick than yuk, yuk



laughter. more old fashioned and more hick than yuk, yuk



old english name for bird of prey, usually a small hawk - probably imitative of its shrill plaintive cry

animal bird

NEE-eu NEE-eu

French police siren (ref)

police traffic siren tone alarm car automotive


sound of a propeller plane flying overhead (ref)

plane movement engine


sound of an aluminum bat hitting a baseball (ref)

bat sports hit ball

Plip - plip - ploop - plip - plip - plip - plip - ploop

sound of light summer rain hitting the roof (ref). More rain sounds

liquid water rain weather house


Sound of an old pistol firing, according to a post on Yahoo!Answers

weapon metal explosion


sound of an electric drill (ref)

drill engine movement mechanism buzz

schwump schwump schwump schwump

sound of windshield wipers of a car during heavy rain (ref). More rain sounds. More car sounds

rain weather automotive liquid water

shuffle, shuffle, shuffle

footsteps of someone who does not fully lift feet off the ground while walking (old / injured)

walking human


command to be quiet, often paired with holding the index finger vertically against the lips



sound of nails on a blackboard (ref)

nails human school scratch crack


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


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


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

animal movement claw hit


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 train horn (ref)

horn tone alarm train


sound of a cat eating wet food (ref). More cat sounds

cat animal eatdrink food vocalization


interjection expressing shock and alarm, often for humorous effect: "Yikes! It is cold!"

yuk yuk

laughter. similar in flavor to "har har", but more old fashioned and more hick

human laughter


sound of a defibrillator (ref)

medical human electronic hit electric shock therapy heart attack


diesel train. from this book:
Trans go, by Steve Light
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locomotive antique old engine

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