17 Onomatopoeia Words to Use in Your Fiction ...

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It can be hard to describe certain sounds when you're writing.

After all, in order to make your story as realistic as possible, you need to use the right wording.

Of course, there are so many choices out there that you'll be able to find one that fits the situation.

The next time you're in need of a word to describe a particular sound, try using one of these:

1. Glug

Glug

This is "the sound of liquid pouring from a bottle." It's the sound you'd hear when someone is drinking a lot at once, or when someone is pouring a liquid into a cup.

2. Thump

Thump

This is "to hit or beat something and make a loud, deep sound." You could also hear something thump against the ground.

3. Clang

Clang

This is "to make the loud, ringing sound of metal hitting against something." It's what you'd hear when you hit a plate.

4. Screech

Screech

This is "a loud, harsh, piercing cry." It's a noise that you'd typically hear an owl make.2

5. Cackle

Cackle

This is "to make loud, unpleasant sounds." You've probably heard a witch's laugh described as a cackle, because it's meant to sound terrifying.2

6. Guffaw

Guffaw

This is "a loud or boisterous burst of laughter." Most writers use the word to describe a slob's laughter.

7. Croak

Croak

This is "to make the deep, harsh sound that a frog makes." Of course, humans can make a similar sound as well.

8. Gurgle

Gurgle

This is "to flow in a broken irregular current with a bubbling sound." You've probably heard a baby's voice described as gurgling.

9. Rattle

Rattle

This is "to make or emit a quick succession of short percussive sounds." How do you think that a rattle snack got its name?

10. Jingle

Jingle

This is "to make a light ringing sound." You've probably heard the change or keys in your pocket jingle before.

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