Onomatopoeia
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Onomatopoeia

A word whose sound mimics the noise or action it represents is called an onomatopoeic word. For example: 'baa', 'woof', 'miaow/meow', 'clang', 'hiss' and 'thud'. How many more can you think of?

Many writers and poets use onomatopoeia in their work. There are obvious and well-known ones (which you will find in this quiz), but there is always room for new ones that haven't been thought of before. See if you can come up with some of your own in your writing and speech ~ that way, you can impress your friends and English teacher! If you use alliterative words too, all the better. If you've forgotten, alliteration is when two words or more begin with the same sound, such as the whispering wind.

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  1. Which onomatopoeic word most appropriately describes the sound made by the given word or situation?
    The leaves of a tree.
    The rustling of leaves
  2. Which onomatopoeic word most appropriately describes the sound made by the given word or situation?
    The tyres of a car that suddenly brakes.
    Tyres screech! Americans spell it: 'tire'
  3. Which onomatopoeic word most appropriately describes the sound made by the given word or situation?
    A clock.
    If your clock is tsking, you probably get up late in the mornings
  4. Which onomatopoeic word most appropriately describes the sound made by the given word or situation?
    A donkey.
    A donkey brays: it never prays!
  5. Which onomatopoeic word most appropriately describes the sound made by the given word or situation?
    A dog.
    If you got this wrong ...
  6. Which onomatopoeic word most appropriately describes the sound made by the given word or situation?
    A mouse.
    It only does these other things in cartoons
  7. Which onomatopoeic word most appropriately describes the sound made by the given word or situation?
    A snake.
    Have you ever heard a snake hiccup?
  8. Which onomatopoeic word most appropriately describes the sound made by the given word or situation?
    An old door slowly moving back and forth in the wind.
    Audiences clap - not doors!
  9. Which onomatopoeic word most appropriately describes the sound made by the given word or situation?
    A bomb exploding.
    Zebedee said, "Boing." (The Magic Roundabout)
  10. Which onomatopoeic word most appropriately describes the sound made by the given word or situation?
    A piece of paper being torn.
    Let's hope it doesn't roar

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