Onomatopoeia Dictionary

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t'chi

sound of an arrow being shot from a bow ("Sebgugugu the Glutton: A Bantu Tale from Rwanda", by Verna Aardema)

weapon

ta-da

interjection, used as mock fanfare to call attention to something remarkable. also: ta-dah, tada

human

tabdak tabdak

Sound of a running horse

tack, tack, tack

sound of thin high heels or pumps. also: tap, tap, tap

walking human

takka takka

sound of a machine gun (title of a Roy Lichtenstein painting)

weapon

tap

to strike lightly

light_hit

tattle

1. to gossip, 2. to chatter aimlessly (imitative origin)

human

tch, tch, tch

sound of chopping off branches of wood ("Sebgugugu the Glutton: A Bantu Tale from Rwanda", by Verna Aardema)

hard_hit light_hit

teehee!

laughter. giggle, mouth covered with hand, embarrassed and/or coy laugh



laughter

terwit terwoo

bird vocalization, the cry of an owl. also: hoo hoo, hoot, tu-whu, whit woo, twit twoo

animal bird

thisshig rrrerrk

sounds coming out of the loudspeaker in the subway during an important announcement (ref)

human voice electronic static noise crack

thith-thith-thith

sound of a helicopter. Find all helicopter sounds

engine helicopter movement

thong-thong

sound of badminton rackets hitting the shuttle

sports hit

throb

(of the heart) to beat strongly

hard_hit

throkk

sound of a hit or punch (Batman comics) Find more hit/ punch words

thrum

to play a guitar

music

thubalup

sound of a running horse

animal

thud

to hit with a dull sound

hard_hit

thump

1. to strike or beat with or as if with something thick or heavy so as to cause a dull sound, as in a punch during a fight, or the sound of heavy footsteps 2. a verb for sound made by a big engine, as in thumping, chunking engines going.. (from the poem "engineers" by Jimmy Garthwaite, in "Noisy poems" by Jill Bennett)

hard_hit engine

thung

sound of a blow to a metal object (features in a Roy Lichtenstein painting

hard_hit metal

thunk

sound of impact

hard_hit

thwack

the sound of flogging. Find more hit/ punch words

hard_hit

thwip

Spiderman web shooter

misc weapon

thwogg

sound of a kick against someone's body (head, for example). from:
Dragon Ball Z Vol 1, by Akira Toriyama
Find more hit/ punch words

thwok

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

sports ball movement hit

tick

a light rhythmic audible tap or beat

light_hit music

tick tock

sound of a clock. also: tic toc

light_hit movement metal

tinkle

a gentle, ringing sound. Also means "to urinate" (in sort of a childish way) possibly because of the sound.

metal liquid wet water pee

tinkling

sound of sleigh bells, (features in the poem "The Bells" by Edgar Allan Poe)

metal music

tintinnabulation

sound of bells

metal

titter

sound of suppressed giggle

human

tk.tk.tk.tk.tk.tk

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

animal movement claw hit

tlick

sound of clicking with the tongue ("Misoso: Once Upon a Time Tales from Africa", by Verna Aardema)

human

Tlick - Tlock Tlick - Tlock

Sound of a ticking clock (Squeak, Rumble, Whomp Whomp Womp. Wynton Marsalis & Paul Rogers, 2012

metal clock

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

tluck....tlock

The sound of a leaking faucet (Squeak, Rumble, Whomp Whomp Womp. Wynton Marsalis & Paul Rogers, 2012)

liquid metal water bath tub

Tluuck tluck tlawck tlock tlaack tlack tlick!

Sound of a pizzicato violin (Squeak, Rumble, Whomp Whomp Womp. Wynton Marsalis & Paul Rogers, 2012

tocotocotoco

sound of a helicopter. more helicopter sounds

engine helicopter movement

tolling

funeral bells (features in the poem "The Bells" by Edgar Allan Poe)

metal

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

tootle-too

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

music

trill

quavering or warbling in singing

animal bird music

trumpeter

bird species name, see gray-winged trumpeter

animal bird

Tshww

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

tsk

pronounced as an alveolar click; often in quick repetition, as an exclamation of contempt, disdain, impatience, etc.

tu-whu

bird vocalization, the cry of an owl. also: hoot, hoo hoo, terwit terwoo, twit twoo, whit woo

animal bird

tuckaTHUCKtuckaTHUCKtucka

sound of engine knocking. Car Talk

automotive engine metal

tuff

sound of a shuriken, or throwing star, hitting a target

fighting metal weapon

tuk-tuk

Common name for auto rickshaw, imitative of the sound of the small two-stroke engine (thailandtuktuk.net). Also called trishaw, auto, rickshaw, autorick, bajaj, rick, tricycle, mototaxi, or baby taxi.

engine automotive

tup

sound of landing (after a jump). from:
Dragon Ball Z Vol 1, by Akira Toriyama

hard_hit light_hit

twang

sound of a guitar, or of a bow (and arrow)

music

tweet

bird vocalization (small bird)

animal bird

tweeter

loudspeaker for high frequencies

music

twiddle

to touch lightly, or to play with. imitative origin

light_hit

twit twoo

bird vocalization, cry of an owl. also: hoo hoo, hoot, tu-whu, terwit terwoo, whit woo

animal bird

twitter

to utter a succession of light chirping or tremulous sounds, chirrup

animal bird

tzing

the sound of a bullet hitting the ground (features in Roy Lichtenstein painting "Live Ammo (Tzing!)")

weapon


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