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“… comes from the onomatopoeia poop n or …”

meanings of onomatopoeia


  1. The property of a word of sounding like what it represents.
  2. A word that appropriates a sound for another sensation or a perceived nature, such as "thud", "beep", or "meow"; an ideophone, phenomime.
  3. The use of language whose sound imitates that which it names.
  4. (countable) A word that sounds like what it represents, such as "gurgle" or "hiss".