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Onomatopoeia #1

Based on the hints, name these words (or short phrases) that sound like what they describe.
Quiz by Zlake
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Last updated: October 6, 2021
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First submittedJuly 2, 2013
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Average score78.3%
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Hint
Word
Bee's noise
Buzz
Sound of dynamite exploding
Boom
Cymbals' sound
Crash
Duck's noise
Quack
The sound of a gunshot, or maybe
the beginning of the universe
Bang
Applause
Clap
Eating granola
Crunch
Tiny footsteps
Pitter patter
A balloon being pricked with a needle
Pop
A leaky faucet
Drip
Owl's sound
Hoot
An angry car horn
Honk
Hint
Word
A not-so angry car horn
Beep
A carbonated beverage bubbling
Fizz
Horses walking or coconuts
being struck together
Clip-clop
Sound of a magician disappearing
Poof
A motorcycle revving
Vroom
Bless you?
Achoo
Sound of a doorbell, or the death
knell of a witch
Ding dong
To use mouthwash
Gargle
A steak cooking
Sizzle
Basketball shoes sliding on
a gym floor
Squeak
Jail bars closing
Clink
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Level 58
Aug 9, 2013
A lot of these hints/answers are debatable, but this quiz isn't half bad.
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Level 44
Aug 9, 2013
Just clop for clip-clop and clang for jail door slamming could work, don't you think?
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Level 45
Aug 9, 2013
"Clop", definitely. It's listed in the dictionary as "the sound of horses' hooves on a hard surface; origin imitative"; i.e. it means exactly the same thing, and has exactly the same origin, as "clip-clop" and "clippety-clop".

"Clang" is more arguable. Yes, it's the sound of metal hitting metal. But "jail bars closing" is very specific, and "clink" definitely has that specific connotation.

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Level ∞
Aug 9, 2013
Added "Clop" as an acceptable answer.
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Level 39
Aug 9, 2013
I also tried "clang"
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Level 36
Mar 17, 2018
Yes but then the Monty Python reference wold become redundant
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Level 87
Jul 12, 2019
Likewise, just the patter of tiny feet.
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Level 87
Oct 15, 2019
Clink of the key, clang of the heavy metal door.
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Level 38
Aug 9, 2013
Could "munch" also be accepted for the granola one?
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Level 62
Aug 13, 2013
screech; Basketball shoes sliding on a gym floor
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Level 62
Aug 13, 2013
The sound a mouse makes...
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Level 21
Aug 15, 2013
The hint for the last one isn't very good. I'd say something about glass or something.
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Level 69
Sep 9, 2013
I think many of these could have lots of different answers, and it's impossible to say which answers are correct or wrong. I tried ba-dum-tch, and just tch for cymbals, bang for explosion, shazam for magician, and slam for jail bars.
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Level 66
Jul 19, 2019
Not sure if slam or shazam are onomatopoeia. I tried woosh for the magician though. And clang, clash, cling, cloink I dont know for the cymbals :/ zing mayybe aswell
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Level 86
Oct 6, 2021
I think of these as words that I can find in a dictionary that also sound like what they are. "ba-dum-tch" and "tch" are just phonetics and not actual words.
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Level 24
Oct 7, 2013
100 PERCENT..... GOT HIM!
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Level 79
Jun 9, 2014
Funny how onomatopoeia is defined as "sounds like what it describes", but even onomatopoeic words are very different in different languages even though the sounds that they describe are the same ones. -- Also thought prison gates would sound more like a clang :P
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Level 45
Jul 18, 2014
Actually, you know, even if the Big Bang happened, which it didn't, 'bang' cannot sound like it describes, because sound is airwaves, and there is no air in space. Therefore, the Big Bang wouldn't have made any sound.
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Level 72
Oct 6, 2021
It's 8 years old, almost, but this comment should be remembered as... not the greatest, for several reasons.
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Level 67
Nov 3, 2021
The six commas in one sentence was honestly impressive.
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Level 54
Nov 6, 2021
For someone calling oneself "smartcookie", you don't seem to fit the bill.
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Level 38
Jul 29, 2014
does a jail door clink? I tried slam, clang, and clank. It seems too heavy to clink.
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Level 66
Jul 19, 2019
yea clink sounds when someone tries to sneak away a quietly pushes the (metal) door closed. Close to click. When you give it a hard shove what is usually done, it is clang clank or even cloink (which makes a low sound) (dont think slam is a onomatopoeia)
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Level 56
Nov 3, 2021
'Clink' is wrong. It refers to the sound keys make on a warder's ring, not the door which 'clangs'.
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Level 38
Jul 29, 2014
I'd say clink is more like glasses in a toast.
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Level 66
Jul 19, 2019
yes or cling
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Level 35
Dec 11, 2014
Could you add pop-pop for the carbonated beverage?
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Level 76
Jan 26, 2016
Your comment instantly made me think of Alka-Seltzer - "Pop, pop, fizz, fizz, oh what a relief it is..."
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Level 76
Jul 12, 2019
I believe it's "plop, plop. . . fizz, fizz".
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Level 22
Dec 17, 2014
Sizzling should be accepted for sizzle
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Level 69
Feb 16, 2015
I don't think clink is really representative of jail bars closing... I thought of "clang". I think of clink as the sound when people say "cheers"... then they clink their glasses together.
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Level 66
Jan 26, 2016
Clang seems to work now.
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Level 63
Jan 26, 2016
Quite hard for a non-native speaker. But I still had a lot of fun doing this quiz :D
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Level 77
Aug 26, 2021
hah, yes that'd be a challenge.
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Level 72
Jan 26, 2016
You have to listen to the Brian Regan comedy bit on animal sounds...had to laugh here when I saw that owls say "hooT".
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Level 80
Jan 26, 2016
Another name for jail is "the slammer." Please except slam.
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Level 77
Jan 26, 2016
Truly one of the worst quizzes I've seen, arbitrary and inconsistent.
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Level 86
Oct 6, 2021
I thought it one of the easiest I've done in a long time. I can see it being hard for someone who doesn't have English as a first language, but otherwise, no.
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Level 67
Jan 26, 2016
If enough people say it should be toot toot, will you accept it?
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Level 74
Nov 10, 2021
Seconded. That was my first try and beep took me quite a while longer.
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Level 28
Jan 26, 2016
Tried hachoo, huchoo, hatchoo, hutchoo, hachew, huchew, hatchew, hutchew, hashoo.....never imagined it without an "h" at the front.
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Level 66
Jul 19, 2019
that was the only part I was sure about. I knew english didnt start the word with an h
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Level 41
Jan 29, 2016
squeak?? Really? Maybe I misunderstood what a squeak is?
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Level 69
Jan 30, 2016
Love the Monty Python reference!
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Level 46
Apr 14, 2016
You should be allowed 'clash' for the cymbal's
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Level ∞
Oct 6, 2021
Five years later, that will work now!
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Level 68
Nov 24, 2016
Almost failed to finish - laughing too hard at Death Knell of a Witch. Applause!
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Level 40
Jan 26, 2017
Why is "Choo Choo" the least guessed answer? It's so obvious.
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Level 71
Oct 13, 2017
Because it is not the sound of a whistle, choo-choo is the sound of a steam enging chugging up the line. That's why it is the least answered.
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Level 66
Jul 19, 2019
or they think of the actual whistle a conductor blows on to signal the train is about to leave.
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Level 33
Oct 12, 2017
Better one for jail bars is two glasses making a toast
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Level 52
Oct 12, 2017
"Clink" makes me think of handcuffs, "clang" makes me think of a jail cell.
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Level 54
Oct 24, 2017
I first thought of slam for jail bars... maybe that's because of the colloquial term the "slammer" for prison?
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Level 36
Mar 17, 2018
maybe tip toe for tiny feet, it's a long shot but why not.
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Level 71
Mar 17, 2018
You've no chance, some of us have been trying for 5 years to get Choo-Choo changed for train and not whistle.
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Level 46
Mar 17, 2018
Just remove the sneezing question since there is 43 different spellings of the sound
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Level 44
Mar 17, 2018
I reckon patter should be accepted for pitter patter. The train whistle should be changed to the train horn so that people won't get confused with the conductor whistle as I did.
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Level 87
Oct 6, 2021
Or pitter pat, which I tried several times before giving up.
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Level 52
Apr 6, 2018
hehe... I see a Monty Python reference! Or maybe it was just a coincidence? If it isn't, good for you! (If you don't understand what I'm talking about, go and watch Monty Python and the Holy Grail. Possibly the best movie of all time!)
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Level 83
Mar 13, 2020
Merriam-Webster: "Kerchoo: the characteristic sound of a person sneezing"
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Level 78
Oct 6, 2021
I was expecting "a-tissue," but maybe that's a British English thing.
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Level 73
Nov 3, 2021
Ring-a-ring o' roses,

A pocket full of posies,

A-tishoo! A-tishoo!

We all fall down.

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Level 66
Nov 4, 2021
Is this really how it's written somewhere? I know it as:

Ring around the rosie

A pocket full of posies

Ashes, ashes

We all fall down

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Level 67
Oct 17, 2021
I tried ahchoo, eventually got achoo.
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Level 57
Apr 13, 2021
Are you suggesting coconuts migrate?
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Level 90
Oct 6, 2021
I think swish for mouthwash is a reasonable answer
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Level 66
Nov 4, 2021
Agreed. It's swish when it's in your mouth, gargle when it's in your throat.
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Level 83
Oct 6, 2021
Had a young teacher when I was in high school (Social Studies?) who pronounced the word ON-oh-MOTT-uh-PWAY-uh and who thought the word "open" was an example of it, "like when you oooooopen a window". We all thought she was an idiot.
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Level 62
Oct 6, 2021
UK sneezers go atishoo
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Level 78
Oct 6, 2021
attishoo please
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Level 70
Oct 7, 2021
Can you accept puff for poof, I tried that and pouf but not the double 'oo'.
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Level 93
Oct 7, 2021
The mouthwash one took me forever. I was stuck on "swish," rather than the other thing done with mouthwash. Maybe change the clue wording to be "cleaning one's throat with mouthwash?" Or something of that nature?
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Level 76
Oct 7, 2021
Could you accept "swish" for mouthwash? I understand this isn't necessarily a common association but I would use "swish" for mouthwash and "gargle" for plain water or salt water (I had to do it for teeth-removal reasons and I hated it so it is permanently seared into my brain whenever I gargle water)
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Level 28
Oct 8, 2021
Great quiz!

20/23

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Level 76
Oct 8, 2021
Well, dang! I always rev with a W. Wroom, wroom!
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Level 77
Oct 10, 2021
Horrible quiz! With many highly subjective answers.
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Level 67
Oct 17, 2021
I thought it was a great quiz, and got 100% We must be on the same wavelength. I did think clang over clink though.
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Level 67
Nov 3, 2021
Please accept pit-a-pat for footsteps.
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Level 73
Nov 3, 2021
Anyone else for brum?
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Level 67
Nov 3, 2021
Peep should be accepted for the car horn and maybe slosh for the mouthwash. Otherwise, this quiz did make some previously unknown connections for me.
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Level 64
Nov 3, 2021
Great quiz. Thanks,,,,,,,but referee, surely-Shirley "Atishoo" should be allowed!???
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Level 77
Nov 3, 2021
Only missed poof!
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Level 43
Nov 3, 2021
Consider adding “Bamf” as a possible answer for the magician one as a reference to the X-Man Nightcrawler?
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Level 64
Nov 3, 2021
Adding one vote for accepting "swish" for mouthwash. I've never gurgled mouthwash in my entire life, but I swish it twice a day.
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Level 61
Nov 3, 2021
Aaaand also hoo hoo/who who/screech for owl. Only one North American owl species goes Hoo-Hoo, and it doesn't even make the T sound. Really an onomatopoeia?
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Level 62
Nov 3, 2021
Swish should work for mouthwash. It's an onomatopoeia and that's what my dentist tells me to do.
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Level 63
Nov 3, 2021
I tried beep for an angry car horn, but it was the answer for the other car horn question. Not knowing what to try for the first one, I typed: beeeeeeep?
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Level 65
Nov 3, 2021
Me too.
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Level 82
Nov 3, 2021
Five years later, and celebeth's suggestion of 'toot' for the car horn is still not accepted.
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Level 68
Nov 4, 2021
Achoo? Hahahaha that was funny.
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Level 49
Nov 4, 2021
I think wroom should be accepted for vroom.
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Level 25
Nov 5, 2021
Clink should also say "cheers", and pitter patter could say "light rainfall"
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Level 74
Nov 5, 2021
Can you accept swish for mouthwash?
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Level 55
Nov 5, 2021
Came here to comment this +1
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Level 59
Nov 6, 2021
Literally what I was thinking
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Level 59
Nov 6, 2021
just missed clip clop, fun quiz
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Level 76
Jan 5, 2022
Man i could NOT figure out why "squeek" wouldn't work. To the point that i was getting legit angry that it wasn't the answer. Oops...
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Level 81
Mar 23, 2022
Apparently Zlake has never been in jail. The door closing is more like "clank"--and a loud clank, at that.
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Level 56
Mar 30, 2022
I have never heard of pitter patter. Is it an American thing?