Onomatopoeia is a word that mimics the sound it is describing. The noun originated from the Greek word onomatopoiía which is a concatenation of ónoma meaning “name” and poieîn meaning “to make.” The earliest use of this word in the English language dates from the middle of the 16th century.
Boom, honk, click, boing, and moo are all example of onomatopoeia. These two cats demonstrate an onomatopoeia in this compilation of them meowing over a six month period. Starting as little kittens, these two insistently meow over and over again, probably as they wait impatiently for mealtime. As the kittens grow into cats, the level of meowing continues unabated.