Sounds People and Things Make

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The following verbs are used to express different types of sounds. Many of these words are onomatopoeia. Onomatopoeia are words that intimate the sounds they express. A good example is the verb 'sizzle'. Sizzle is the sound that bacon makes as it is frying in the pan.

Sound Verbs

  • Buzz - Bees buzz as they fly about collecting pollen.
  • Hum - I like to hum as I do the cleaning around the house.
  • Boo - The crowd booed the politician to show their displeasure.
  • Howl - Sarah howled in pain when she stubbed her toe on the door.
  • Whimper - The dog whimpered because it missed its owner.
  • Crunch - The icy snow crunched underneath my feet as I walked across the field.
  • Whoosh - The air left the tire with a great whoosh.
  • Screech - The crow screeched in the distance when it saw the people approaching.
  • Whir - The computer whirred as it processed the data.
  • Grind - Don't grind your teeth! You'll wear them down.
  • Gurgle - I could hear the small brook gurgling in the background.
  • Chirp - The little songbird chirped happily from the bush.
  • Rattle - The broken part rattled inside the gadget.
  • Neigh - The horse neighed as it came to a stop.
  • Squeak - The little mouse squeaked as it looked for food throughout the house.
  • Splash - Tom splashed loudly when he jumped into the swimming pool.
  • Ping - The modem pinged as it connected to the network.
  • Puff - I stood puffing hard after the two-mile run.
  • Clatter - The dishes clattered in the kitchen while he cleaned up after dinner.
  • Thud - The book dropped onto the floor with a loud thud.
  • Moo - The cow mooed loudly as it tried to scare the men walking through the field.
  • Tinkle - The crystal glass tinkled lightly when I toasted with my wife.
  • Clang - Could you please be quiet? You're clanging those pots and pans and it's driving me crazy!
  • Hiss - The snake hissed at the hiker to warn him away.