Onomatopoeia Dictionary
Words that sound like the thing they refer to: Imitative words

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didgeridoo

(probably of imitative origin) indigenous Australian instrument, of imitative origin. link (video)

music

dunh dunh durrr

Sound of guitar strumming rock Reddit

dwoiiinnnnnnnngggggggig

sound of a ruler strummed against a table (ref)

plastic metal hit vibration

fanfare

(probably of imitative origin) a flourish of brass instruments. link (video)

music

gong

metallic disk used as a percussive musical instrument named by the sound produced when struck

music

oompah

the sound produced by a large brass instrument. see also: umpa

music

plunk

to pluck a string instrument, or to suddenly drop

music

rattle

1. rapid succession of short sharp sounds, 2. an instrument that makes a rattling noise

crack

strum

to play a guitar. see also thrum

music

tom-tom

a monotonous beating, rhythm, or rhythmical sound / a percussive musical instrument played with hands

music

toot

to blow or sound an instrument (as a horn)

music

umpa

the sound produced by a large brass instrument. see also: Oompah

music

wah-wah

brass instrument effect of using a mute, or electric guitar sound effect (wah pedal)

music

whistle

tubular wind instrument, or the act of whistling

music

whockah

sound of palm-muted rhythmic strumming on an electric guitar with wah pedal, as in the intro of Jimi Hendrixs "Voodoo Chile", for example. often combined with playing "airguitar". see also: neow, jug, bwow-chcka-bwow

music

zoomba-zoom

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

music


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