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An onomatopoeia (pronounced: "on-uh-mat-uh-pee-uh") was a word that phonetically sounded like or imitated the sound that it described, such as those of an animals or inanimate objects.

Onomatopoeias Edit

"Ahem"

A sound made to get someone's attention.

"Babble"
"Ba-boom boom"

The sound of a rimshot on a drum.

"Bang(ing)"

The sound of a gun being fired or a hammer being struck.

"Bonk"

The sound associated with hitting someone over the head.

  • This was common figure of speech used by the children of Earth Two, especially the red-headed boy, who usually coerced the rest of the children into a chant, "Bonk bonk! Bonk bonk! Bonk bonk! Bonk bonk!" (TOS: "Miri")
"Boom!"

The sound of an explosion.

"Buzz(ing)"

A vibrating sound.

"Clap(ping)"

The sound of an open palms stricking another.

"Cluck(ed)"

The sound made by a chicken.

"Crack"
"Cuckoo"
"Fizz", "Fizzled"
"Growl(ing)"
"Ha!"

The sound of a laugh.

"Hiccup"
"Hissing"
"Hum(ming)"
"Knock"
"Meow"
"Peep"
"Poof!"
"Pooh"

A sound made to signify something smells bad.

"Purr"

The sound made by a cat. (TOS: "The Trouble with Tribbles"; TNG: "Ménage à Troi", "Identity Crisis"; DS9: "Second Sight"; VOY: "Life Line")

"Quack"
"Roar(ing)"
"Shh"

The sound made to quiet someone. (TOS: "Miri", "The Conscience of the King", et al.)

"Shush"

Said to quiet someone. (ENT: "Fight or Flight", "Shuttlepod One", "Singularity", "Hatchery"; DIS: "Context Is for Kings"; TNG: "The Price"; DS9: "Bar Association"; VOY: "Caretaker", "Elogium", "Resistance", "Remember", "Day of Honor"; "Message in a Bottle", "Latent Image", "The Disease", "Course: Oblivion", "Someone to Watch Over Me", "Tinker Tenor Doctor Spy", "Spirit Folk", "Fury", "The Haunting of Deck Twelve", "Repression", "Inside Man", "Body and Soul", "Prophecy", "Homestead")

"Splash"

The sound of something being dropped into the water. (VOY: "Waking Moments", "Once Upon a Time"

"Tut-tut"

The sound of disapproval. (Star Trek III: The Search for Spock)

"Ugh"

A sound of disgust or annoyance. (DS9: "Nor the Battle to the Strong", "Inquisition"; VOY: "Jetrel", "Parturition", "Live Fast and Prosper"; ENT: "Sleeping Dogs")

"Woof"

The sound made by a dog.

"Woosh"
"Zap"

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