Onomatopoeia Dictionary

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p-taff

sound of a handgun

weapon explosion

pad

to walk with a soft dull tread

movement

pah-pa-rah

sound of a trumpet ("the ceremonial band" by James Reeves, in "Noisy poems" by Jill Bennett)

music

pap

sound of a puck hit during hockey (ref)

sports hit hockey ice

pat

to strike lightly

light_hit

patter

to make a series of light striking sounds

light_hit

pee-oo-wee

bird species name, especially the eastern wood pewee. about this bird

animal bird

peeper

any of various tree frogs that peep shrilly, especially the spring peeper

animal

penk

sound of an aluminum bat hitting a baseball (ref)

bat sports hit ball

pew pew

sound produced by a lasergun

weapon

pewee

Any of eight species of birds of the genus Contopus (family Tyrannidae); it is named for its call, which is monotonously repeated from an open perch. In North America a sad, clear "pee-oo-wee" announces the presence of the eastern wood pewee (C. virens), while a blurry "peeurrr" is the call of the western wood pewee (C. sordidulus). about this bird. also spelled peewee

animal bird

pewit

subfamily of birds also called Lapwing. Also: any of several related plovers. about this bird. also spelled peewit

animal bird

PHCKSHIIIIiooW

Ignition of a lightsaber in Star Wars movies. Also: Tshww, pssshhew Reddit
Lightsaber

phew

1. used to express relief or fatigue 2. used to express disgust at or as if at an unpleasant odor

human

phoebe

bird species, see eastern phoebe

animal bird

phooey

interjection used to express repudiation or disgust

human

pht

sound of an air-pistol, or pistol with silencer. also: ft

weapons gas air

piaaaak

sound of an automatic glass door opening (ref)

movement door

pickle-pee

sound of a fife ("the ceremonial band" by James Reeves, in "Noisy poems" by Jill Bennett). a fife is a small, high-pitched, transverse flute that is similar to the piccolo, but louder and shriller due to its narrower bore

music

pied currawong

(Strepera graculina) large, mostly black bird, with a bright yellow eye, found in Australasia. voice: The main call is a loud "currawong", which gives the bird its name. Other frequent sounds include deep croaks and a wolf whistle about this bird

animal bird

ping

an abrupt, ringing sound, a bullet striking something, or a computer tone

weapon metal

ping-pong

game of table-tennis, imitative origin

hard_hit light_hit

pip

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

pitter-patter

the sound of rain, a repetitive pattering sound. More rain sounds

weather liquid water

plain chachalaca

(Ortalis vetula) a large bird in the Cracidae family. The call is a loud, raucous RAW-pa-haw or cha-cha-LAW-ka, often by several birds in a rhytmical chorus. link1, video

animal bird

plink

(verb) 1. to make a tinkling sound 2. to cause to make a tinkling sound. (noun) a tinkling metallic sound

metal hit

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

plonk

a dull striking sound

hard_hit

plop

sound such as that of an object dropping into water with not that much of a splash. "plop, plop, fizz, fizz" used to be the slogan in Alka Seltzer commercials for many years.

liquid

plump

heavy sound of landing

hard_hit

plunk

to pluck a string instrument, or to suddenly drop

music

pock

dry hit, such as when a wooden baseball bat hits a baseball.

poof

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

poomb

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

weapon metal explosion

pooof

Chewing gum bubble popping. from:
Dinosaur King Vol 1, by Yohei Sakai

food blow

poop

Children's euphemism meaning excrement. This word is thought to be of imitative origin

human animal

pop

sound of rapping, knocking, or explosive. in the media: Snap, Crackle, and Pop are the cartoon mascots of Kellogg's breakfast cereal Rice Krispies. They are named after the sound rice krispies make when they are dropped in a bowl of milk. Find more explosions.

explosion hard_hit light_hit

potato-potato-potato

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

pow

sound of a blow / collision

hard_hit

prrr

sound produced by cats when sociable or (sometimes) when distressed. also: purr. More cat sounds

animal vocalization

pssshhew

Ignition of a lightsaber in Star Wars movies. Also: Tshww, PHCKSHIIIIiooW Reddit
Lightsaber

saber weapon

Psssssssss

The sound of a lightsaber being shoved into a door to melt it (Star Wars movies)

saber weapon

psst

sound uttered to get a person's attention without alerting others, to tell a secret for example. often followed by whispering

human

ptooey

spitting out something solid such as a cherry pit ("Garfield", Jim Davis)

eat_drink animal

puh-puh-puh

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

hard_hit

puhVRooPuhHoo puhVROOpuhHOO

Sound of an engine misfire in a car Cartalk

automotive engine

puke

to vomit, of imitative origin

human disease

pump

(possibly of imitative origin) mechanical device for raising/moving water or gas

engine liquid

pump-a-rum

sound of a drum ("the ceremonial band" by James Reeves, in "Noisy poems" by Jill Bennett)

music

punt

sound of a kick (Garfield, Jim Davis)

hard_hit

purr

a sound produced by cats, when sociable or sometimes when distressed. also: prr. More cat sounds

animal vocalization


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