Steph Timm

the use of words whose sound suggests the sense


Onomatopoeias are used to add emphasis and excitement to something that happens. They help paint a better picture of what the author is trying to describe.


  • sizzled
  • tumbled
  • splash
  • drizzle

Explanation of Example

The meat cooked in the skillet. --> The mean sizzled in the skillet.

  • The word, "cooked," was changed to the word, "sizzle," as the sound that the the meat would make as it cooked.

The boy fell down the hill. --> The boy tumbled down the hill.

  • The word, "fell," was changed to the word, "tumbled" to help you better imagine how the boy fell.

The child played in the water. --> The child splashed in the water.

  • The word, "played," was changed to the word, "splashed," to explain how the child played.

It began to rain. --> It began to drizzle.

  • The word, "rain," was changed into the word, "drizzle," to explain how the rain fell.


"OnomatopoeiaAbout Our Definitions: All Forms of a Word (noun, Verb, Etc.) Are Now Displayed on One Page." Merriam-Webster. Merriam-Webster, n.d. Web. 31 Jan. 2013.

Baxamusa, Batul Nafisa. "Onomatopoeia Examples in Literature." Buzzle.com. Buzzle.com, 05 Apr. 2011. Web. 31 Jan. 2013.