German Onomatopoeia


Definition: Onomatopoeia in German is a word that imitates the sound or action it represents. Onomatopoeia has several meanings. One meaning is the creation or use of words that sound like the items or actions they name or refer to. As such, onomatopoeia is a rhetorical device: a language technique or device used to create an effect in or for the reader. The intentional use of harsh sound for effect or depending on the item or action being imitated.

Examples in German: Sounds of animals in German.

Bienen summen = summ summ.
Vögel zwitschern = tswit, tswit.
Katzen miauen = miau, miau.
Küken = piep piep.
Kühe muhen = mmuuh.
Krähen krächzen = kwrah, kwrah.
Kuckucke schreien = kuckuck.
Hund bellen = wau wau / wuff wuff.
Tauben gurren = guru, guru.
Esel "iahen" = iaah, iaah.
Enten quaken = quack, quack.
Elefanten trompeten = trörö.
Frösche quaken = quaak, quaak.
Ziegen meckern = mähh, mähh.
Hühner, Hennen gackern = gak, gak.
Pferde wiehern = hü-ü-ü-ü-ü.
Mäuse piepsen = piep, piep.
Eulen heulen = huuh, huuh.
Hähne krähen = kickeriki.
Schafe blöken = bähh, bähh.


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