The sound of a chips bag opening? How do you describe it and what is the word for describing such sounds?

A few years ago Frito-Lay introduced a bag for their snack chips that was made from plants, not plastic, and could decompose in compost. It seemed like a good idea – a company putting their environmental foot forward through sustainable packaging – however, the “rip” heard upon opening the bag of chips registered at about eighty-five decibels – equal to the volume level of city traffic. Customers complained and a quieter bag was designed. This amusing dilemma inspired the question: How do you describe these sounds in language? You’ve likely heard “rip,” “pow,” and “snort” described as examples of  onomatopoeia, but what exactly does this mean?

An onomatopoeic word is one whose sound is imitative of the sound of the noise or action it is describing. Derived from the Greek onomatopoios – “the making of a name or word” – common onomatopoeic words include animal noises such as bark, meow and roar, and mechanical sounds like click, clank and beep.

Not to be confused with ideophones, which are words that use sound as a means of describing sensory data (eww or bling for instance), onomatopoeic words literally imitate the sound they refer to– they are exactly what they mean.

To some extent, onomatopoeia follows the rules of their linguistic system. For example, the sound of a clock is ticktock in English – the onomatopoeic translation in Japanese is katchin katchin.  There are even some words that were named directly as a result of their sound – “zip” and “zipper” are classic examples.

What are some of your favorite onomatopoeic words? Let us know, below.

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Albany Times Union (Albany, NY) November 18, 1996 Byline: TOM PRECIOUS Capitol bureau ALBANY — Visitors to the State Museum would have to pay to get in as part of a plan being considered by the Pataki administration.

Supporters of the nation’s oldest and largest state museum fear the admission fee is being looked at as a way to cut state funding. Museum officials, speaking anonymously, said it’s unlikely the museum would be able to take in enough extra money from fees to make up the difference, forcing the facility to cut back on programs and exhibits.

Moreover, they added, unless children are exempted from paying the number of schools that take trips to the facility probably would drop dramatically. Many children who now use the museum as a place to go after school would be unable to continue coming, they said.

Museum officials in New York and elsewhere said it is common for institutions that begin charging to see attendance fall off.

“An admission (charge) would reduce attendance dramatically,” said State Museum Deputy Director Cliff Siegfried. He said studies have shown that visits drop off by as much as half when fees are imposed.

Siegfried said there are no specifics on what the admission fee — if any — would be. The idea came up in talks between museum officials and the governor’s budget division, which is preparing for the January release of next year’s state budget.

“We’re still having some discussions with (the budget division) about whether an admission fee would be a reasonable thing to do here or not. We’re just weighing the pros and cons. At this point, nobody’s made a decision one way or the other,” Siegfried said.

Budget officials, however, downplayed the possibility, though they didn’t rule it out. “We’re not aware of any proposal that would charge for the State Museum,” said John Signor, a budget division spokesman.

The idea of an admission fee has been quietly discussed in past years when state budget crunches have forced cutbacks at agencies. But lawmakers always killed the proposals.

The administration faces another expected shortfall in the 1997-98 fiscal year budget, and the governor and his aides are looking at ways to cut expenses or raise revenues without boosting taxes.

One state lawmaker suggested an admission fee would face difficulty in the Legislature. “It’s a terrible idea,” said Assemblyman Steven Englebright, a Suffolk County Democrat who has worked for years in the museum field, including a stint as a museum director on Long Island.

“If this is a plan that is designed to mask or obscure cuts to the State Museum’s operational support, or a method by which to justify such reductions, that is completely wrongheaded and inappropriate,” he said. Because the museum is one of the Capital Region’s top tourist spots, Englebright said, a reduction in visits also could affect local restaurants and hotels.

But Sen. Charles Cook, a Delaware County Republican who, like Englebright, sits on the museum’s visiting committee, said a modest fee “wouldn’t be unreasonable.” “We have admissions at state parks and other facilities that help pay for the cost of maintaining them,” Cook said. He added, however, that school-age children should not have to pay and that admissions money should not result in a state funding cut for the facility. “We’ve had enough trouble just trying to maintain the quality that it’s always been. I wouldn’t want it used as a substitute for state funding,” said Cook, who is chairman of the Senate Education Committee. detroit institute of art

Museum officials said the budget division has been asking them to look at the impact of admission fees on public museums in Michigan. Pataki’s budget director, Patricia Woodworth, came to New York from Michigan, where she held the same job.

In 1991, Woodworth angered Michigan museum officials by helping to push through a 40 percent cut in funding to the Detroit Institute of Art, one of the nation’s top art centers. That led to the imposition of an admission fee.

Marci Raver, a spokeswoman at the Detroit museum, said it’s unclear what impact the admission fee had on attendance because the funding cut also forced the museum to slash its operating hours in half, cut educational programs and reduce staff. She said the museum has seen a big drop in attendance, however.

New York puts about $1 million into the State Museum to pay for operations ranging from maintenance of existing exhibits to construction of new showings to rent in private space for holding some of the museum’s vast collections of artifacts.

Another $3.7 million goes to salaries and benefits for about 100 employees, a staffing level that has been cut by one-third over the past several years. The museum also makes about $150,000 a year from fees charged for some special exhibits and from sales at its shop.

Museum sources said state funding cuts could lead to reducing the hours the facility is open. Last year, the State Museum was forced to close its doors on Tuesdays when Pataki introduced budget cuts. It returned to its normal schedule when the Legislature restored the funding.

“I think it will be most unfortunate if the State Museum does have to have an admissions fee and I’m sure it will reduce the number of people who will have access to it,” said Christine Miles, director of the Albany Institute of History & Art and president of the Museum Association of New York. Miles, whose own museum began charging admission last year, said fees aren’t unusual.

“In times like these, institutions are looking for different ways to fund some of these resources,” she said. Miles thinks the the public won’t be too happy, either. “I think the public will think, `Gee, I’m paying taxes for this museum and now they’re going to charge me for walking in?’ ” According to a survey this year by the Museum Association of New York, most museums now charge admission fees, averaging about $4.

The State Museum now has boxes at its entrances for voluntary contributions, but officials couldn’t immediately say how much is raised.


Times Union/Luanne M. Ferris


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  2. Day Translations -  May 18, 2012 - 4:53 pm

    Kerplunk! Doink! Blonk! all falling on something words…

  3. Alex -  May 2, 2012 - 7:30 pm

    bonk, donk, sploosh, squish, slap, splut, whack, thwack, wham, sploosh, bang…

  4. Louis Profeta -  April 27, 2012 - 8:09 am

    In my study of Italian I dicovered words that had a closer relatinship in sound and this helped to learn the language as: “verde” sounds more ike the color than “green” does, or “cielo” is better then “sky”, “blu” more than “blue”, “occhi” or “eyes”, or “bacci” or “kiss me” or “cinema” or “movie” or “figlio” or “son”

  5. Knightarm -  April 22, 2012 - 5:09 pm

    Haven’t yet seen the most obvious one:

  6. tiaza -  April 17, 2012 - 6:49 pm

    Ululation! That shrill and quavering cry that Middle Eastern women make, at funerals, for example.

    (Queeforeeta, I think you are describing a shart. I can’t even think of the word without laughing.)

  7. Quagmire -  April 16, 2012 - 10:41 am


  8. leon -  April 16, 2012 - 4:09 am

    I remember an experiment in the 50′s, at the UN, I think, where a rock was thrown into a bucket of water. Each country’s representative was asked what they heard. Splash! blog!, spluff, etc. each language had it’s own word for the English word “splash” and all sounded like something falling into water.

  9. leon -  April 16, 2012 - 4:02 am


    yes, i agree. I remember having all those sensual mixtures as a child. people had pacific colours and animals attached to them, for me. in pyschology i remember studying about this….many different aspects of this phenomena such as a woman who saw the months of the year as a giant inner-tube around her. so if you asked what she was doing on nov. 16th she might twist around to look at that month as she sensed it. There’s a book called, “the man who mistook his wife for a hat” about this very subject.

    I think this is something that starts as an infant where we don’t distinguish between the various sensory inputs ….kind of like marble cake batter, and everything is mixed up. we learn later to make the distinction as we are told ‘this is purple’ and ‘this is sweet’. but this is my personal opinion….

  10. Abduljeli -  April 16, 2012 - 2:15 am

    The piter pater of rain drop is a good example of onomatopoeic.We are in legend world now all the slangs made by human we can all take it as an example,what makes sound and does not serve as miniful word to Human that what we onomatopoeic.

  11. Isadora -  April 16, 2012 - 2:01 am

    I love the Japanese onomatopoeia ‘doki doki’, which is the term for an accelerating heartbeat. ^_^ Go manga!

  12. Chris -  April 14, 2012 - 1:51 pm

    @Shannyn, in Spanish roosters say quiquiriki, cats say mau, chickens (especially chicks) say pío, pío (cuando tienen frío, frío) but cows still say mu (similar pronunciation to “moo”). Here in Mexico lots of people use the word/sound “foom” with a (to me) odd gesture of their arm bending back and forth from the middle of their chest, with the elbow level to the shoulder. I wonder what other onomatopeia or word/sounds have matching physical gestures…

  13. Rajive -  April 14, 2012 - 4:10 am

    In sanskrit the word ‘budbuda’ where the ‘d’ is soft as ‘dh’ has come from the sound of bubbles rising in water and means exactly that

  14. Doc -  April 13, 2012 - 9:50 am


    Motorcycle. :D

  15. Confusing Lissie -  April 13, 2012 - 8:29 am

    Well, as far as I am concerned, I find that most, if not many, examples of onomatopoeia are highly disagreeable and often irksome;

    for example

    the word meow is not onomatopoeic at all, my cat exudes a startling variety of noises none of which bear a likeness to meow at all and on this path I continue to say that not one of these “animal noises” are, in fact, representative of the sounds that exit an animals mouth.

    Yet we insist on teaching these to children; “cows go moo, dogs go woof (or bep bep?)” and other such attrocities (excuse my spelling, sorry)
    Why do we not teach children true onomatopoeia? “cows go mhurrrrr, dogs go rauh! rauh! ?

    As for the comic book version, I have yet to hit someone and hear the sound BIFF or POW. I believe these to be a more visual version of onomatopoeia evolved from its auditory ansestors (once again, pardon my terrible spelling) perhaps introduced as a kind of visible sound.

    In fact, this may be a good idea, visible sound for the deaf. Like POW and its friends but a measuable amount more accurate, (I really can’t spell, I just pretend)

    And finally, I get to the point, I am a little synasthetic, (I can’t even spell that) so I see smells and hear colours and, very often, attach characteristics to words perviously unasociated (sorry) with them. For me the number four is yellow and a female, whereas the number seven is male and green.

    And the point, yes the point, the point is that ‘moist’ for me is onomatopoeia, because it both a sound so vey much like ‘mist’ and the word its self is grey and opaque, shimmering with iridensence (I didn’t have much hope with that one) and almost luminous as soft, dull clouds with the sun behind them and it creates a feeling on my skin, of lightness and refreshing dampness that the subtle ‘m’ and closeness of vowels comunicates (another mistake, I appologise) so securely that it is a multisensory onomatopoeic word to me.

    Do you not agree

  16. Commentator -  April 12, 2012 - 7:39 pm

    I was led here by a link describing a silent bag of chips.
    Who’s the idiot that keeps putting broken links?

  17. Renee -  April 12, 2012 - 4:24 pm

    Oh, and there’s also the, “Plop plop fizz fizz oh what a relief it is” that was Alka Seltzer.

    Anyone else remember commercials like this?

  18. Renee -  April 12, 2012 - 4:19 pm

    My fave is “pfff” as in the sound that precedes “yeah, right.”

    And then there’s that Car X jingle/commercial full of them. Something along the lines of “Thunk and clatter, rattle rattle, boom boom boom. Don’t worry call the Car X man.” Or it may start, “Thuder crackle…” but it’s been so long since I’ve heard it that I don’t remember.

  19. Hugh -  April 12, 2012 - 3:26 pm

    pap, shoosh

    nak, doof

    Sounds that apply to anything and everything

  20. Young Nastyman -  April 12, 2012 - 6:52 am

    My personal favorite: the falling off a cliff noise:

    Pheeeeeeeeewwwwwwwww, CRASH!

  21. blah -  April 12, 2012 - 5:56 am

    (the sound skis make sliding over powdery snow)

  22. Shawah -  April 11, 2012 - 11:19 pm

    Ring Ding Dong :)

  23. Cheryl -  April 11, 2012 - 7:16 pm




  24. Zok -  April 11, 2012 - 4:21 pm

    I understand that Japanese and Korean have far more instances of onomatopoeia and ideophones than English does. There are quite a few sound words even for things that don’t make sound. In Japanese, the sound of smiling, for instance, is ニコニコ (niko niko). Glaring is ぎらぎら (gira gira), and shining is ぴかぴか (pika pika). And these are used frequently in the Japanese language – “to smile” can be ニコニコ笑う (niko niko warau) or ニコニコする (niko niko suru). (Warau means “to smile or laugh”; suru basically means “to do”.) I think it’s interesting and wonderful that there are so many different words in different languages that all describe the same sound. One of my favorites is どきどき (doki doki), the sound of a heartbeat.


  25. Amber -  April 11, 2012 - 3:48 pm

    “Crunch” “THWACK” “WAP” and “pomf”
    Pomf as in the sound toast makes when
    popping out of the toaster.

    tick tick tick, diiiing, POMF. Brilliant.

  26. BL3ST -  May 30, 2011 - 11:25 pm

    my two words I can think of right now is fffft (when Spiderman shoots his web) & Cluck-Tssssss (a can a carbonated can makes when opened)

  27. gewels -  May 27, 2011 - 6:16 am

    I loved reading everyone’s submissions… and unlike a couple of party pooper literary snobs, I think it’s great that this is a topic that all ages and maturity levels can participate in. And they’re not “simple minded words”… they’re very *accurate* words!

    My personal favorite is hearing onomatopoeias from other countries, especially animal sounds. Thanks to those who shared!

  28. randomness -  May 26, 2011 - 2:30 pm

    @queeforeeta i’m guessing it’s something like plllbbbbbbbbt!!!!!!!! but what do i know i’m only in 7th grade
    and one of my all-time faves is: SKADOOOOOOOOSH!!!!! from kung fu panda cant wait for #2 :)
    heres a new one: shhhhk, when you turn the page of a book! :)))

  29. LADEEDA!! -  May 24, 2011 - 1:39 pm

    I like ‘meh’ too. I use ‘meh’ all the time. Meh.

  30. LADEEDA!! -  May 24, 2011 - 1:37 pm

    CRASH!!! It’s the sound of grandma’s car hitting Mr. Flufei on the way to bingo.

  31. Jo137o -  May 23, 2011 - 6:46 pm


  32. RaNdOmNeSsRuLeZz -  May 23, 2011 - 1:59 pm

    I like “fwa” (like when someone is victorious [i made it up])and “Wikkity wikkity wikkity wikkity wakk” (like a DJ spinning records). I also like “ploop” (like a water drip).

  33. Hamachisn't -  May 23, 2011 - 1:57 pm

    Not a single vote so far for “blap”, the sound of a large piece of moist/wet clay hitting the center of a potter’s wheel to be turned into a vase or bowl or dish. Okay, one single vote so far.

  34. Tim Taylor -  May 23, 2011 - 6:03 am

    My all-time favorite is “murmur”. It’s just so fun to say if you repeat it several times! :)

  35. Gerrard -  May 22, 2011 - 11:28 pm

    Meh is epic!!!!

  36. Ernest -  May 22, 2011 - 9:01 pm


  37. glenn -  May 22, 2011 - 7:49 pm

    or how about ‘mutter’?

  38. glenn -  May 22, 2011 - 7:46 pm

    how about the whop-whop of helicopter blades?

  39. bekah -  May 22, 2011 - 7:29 pm


  40. bekah -  May 22, 2011 - 7:11 pm

    also tintinabulation!

  41. bekah -  May 22, 2011 - 7:08 pm

    meep meep !
    or the sound when a huge truck starts up at a stoplight like babababblurlphhhhhhhr

  42. Zog -  May 22, 2011 - 6:25 pm

    Apologies to real chimps.

  43. Zog -  May 22, 2011 - 6:24 pm

    Amazing how many comments by the sub-literate and immature there are here. Don’t you have your own site to post on, like teenage chimp dot com?

  44. Brian -  May 22, 2011 - 5:29 pm

    i remember this word by saing “on him i a peah” i think PISS is one. lol

  45. Ralf -  May 7, 2011 - 12:43 am

    I was wondering once whether the Dutch word “poep,” which I assume is related to the English word “poop” in the meaning of “feces,” is an onomatopoeia. It could be meant to emulate either the sound of a fart, or the sound of your excrement hitting the bottom of the can or whatever you’re hovering over.

    FYI: I was wondering because a high school teacher of mine was talking about it. That is, about onomatopoeia.

  46. Shannyn -  April 28, 2011 - 7:12 pm

    It would be ‘kachin’ in Japanese, not ‘katchin’.

    I like Japanese onomatopoeic words. In Japan, dogs say ‘wan wan’, cats say ‘nyaa nyaa’ and roosters say ‘kokkekokko!’.

    I love the sound of a can of Diet Coke being opened. That’s pure happiness right there.

  47. humna -  March 30, 2011 - 10:04 pm

    splash splash!! i love to play with water.

  48. TREY_FAN-@('_')@ -  March 27, 2011 - 6:14 pm


  49. EEK -  March 9, 2011 - 7:03 pm

    For the bag opening: how about “chritch”.

  50. jomamma -  March 7, 2011 - 7:01 am

    i think we should delete these words from existence these are simple minded words used to excite simple minded people and if youi enjoy using these words you need to be in the ward

  51. Kanilla -  March 4, 2011 - 1:11 pm

    Also, the onomatopoeia for animal sounds in various languages are fun to compare. I’m from Norway, and our animals say things like these:

    Cow – mu, mø
    Pig – nøff, nøff
    Cock – kykkeli-ky
    Duck – gakk-gakk
    Dog – voff
    Cat – mjau
    Frog – kvekk


  52. Kanilla -  March 4, 2011 - 12:54 pm

    This might be somewhat odd, but my favourite is omnomnom, if that counts.


  53. Spencer -  March 4, 2011 - 12:52 pm

    cling clang chomp bing bong splat !!!!!

  54. destiny -  March 4, 2011 - 12:43 pm


  55. kaco -  March 4, 2011 - 11:29 am

    bang, bang!!, chitty chitty, bang bang!! — the sound of it starting up before flight!

  56. fujoboo -  March 4, 2011 - 11:27 am

    I made up my own onomatopoeia for when a kitty swipes it’s paw at and hits another kitty. I don’t know how to spell it since I made it up, but I guess it’s foota…my cat, Tuddy foota’d his sister Fizzle as she passed by.

  57. millo -  March 4, 2011 - 10:41 am

    mine is plop

  58. random 9th grader! -  March 4, 2011 - 10:40 am

    This is an interesting article. Its funny how no one else but the smart people read this. Its kinda ironic, if you think about it. I mean, no one else but smart people read things like this, and when a person with no brain comes along, we shun them. HAHAHA!

  59. Jacob Freiberg -  March 4, 2011 - 10:38 am

    That defenitly sounds like Onomatopoeia

  60. salsa -  March 4, 2011 - 9:42 am

    Thwick : the sound a basketball makes when catchin’ nothin’ but net.

  61. Jordan -  March 4, 2011 - 8:19 am

    i’m in class rite now

  62. jimb -  March 4, 2011 - 7:55 am


  63. pizza puff -  March 4, 2011 - 7:27 am

    pouf puff

  64. luche -  March 4, 2011 - 7:23 am

    My favourite is ‘ricochet’

  65. bored -  March 4, 2011 - 6:36 am


  66. John -  March 4, 2011 - 6:14 am

    My wife’s native tongue is Korean while mine is English. So to her dogs say ‘mung, mung’ while they say ‘arf, arf’ or ‘bark, bark’ to me. But when we got a dog of our own, she found out that he did not like people walking up and down the street. So I came home from work and she wanted to tell me about it, but had no idea what the English word was and was pretty sure I didn’t know the Korean word, so she said he was grooling at people outside. So her own contribution to onomatopoeia sounded pretty English after 12 years in the States. Give it a few more decades she’ll hear horns go ‘beep, beep’ instead of ‘babang.’ (That’s ‘a’ as in father, not ‘a’ as in grape for both.)

  67. queeforeeta -  March 4, 2011 - 5:54 am

    My still-adoring ex-hubby called it my “perpetual malodorous razzberry,” but how do you SPELL the sound of a moist semi-solid stinkaroo as it squeezes out of a tight puckered place. My family knows how to imitate it (often:LOL)but for Social Security Disability Form purposes, how should I smell it, I mean spell it? Leekycheekz F.

  68. Carly -  March 4, 2011 - 4:38 am

    @Ole TBoy, that would not be onomotopoeic. Onomotopoeic words immitate the sound. Knowig somethig doesn’t make a sound, so no word can immitate its sound. Therefore, diddlysquat isn’t onomotopoeic.

    On the other hand, I don’t think diddlysquat is an ideophone either. It probably came from someone who made up a word to describe nothing.

  69. baghas -  March 4, 2011 - 4:03 am

    to ‘tinkle’ as when “Johnny >pissed upon< the front lawn whilst a west wind through the fluvial flow diffused the current into a cascading mist, and so grandiloquent as to have refracted a spectacular rainbow that prompted the adoration of many an eager onlooker".

  70. Lanna -  March 4, 2011 - 3:47 am

    Hi all! :) Funny words, but this id da baest;



    Salut a tous! mots droles, mais celui-ci est ultime. (Voir ci-dessus)

  71. Achieng22 -  March 4, 2011 - 3:25 am

    They may not be an English wordbut in Kenian swahili the word that discribe the sound of a motorcicle became the actual word for it: ‘piki-piki’…. wonderful, isn’t it?

  72. XVII -  March 4, 2011 - 2:40 am

    Someone said: “Smack”? That’s an action not a sound lol just, felt, compelled to point that out. Sorry. ¬.¬

  73. kaykay :P -  March 3, 2011 - 10:16 pm

    Kapow and Crash

  74. kaykay :P -  March 3, 2011 - 10:15 pm


  75. Tha Laundry MAN -  March 3, 2011 - 10:07 pm

    from kung fu panda, of course.

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  79. silly girly -  March 3, 2011 - 5:04 pm

    i love the comic book bubbles that say KAPOW!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! BOOM!!!!!!!!!!!! CRASH!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! haha luv it! :) :) :)

  80. zee -  March 3, 2011 - 5:01 pm

    BOOM ! :D

  81. tayla -  March 3, 2011 - 4:37 pm

    Piloupe- the french word for splash :)

  82. YO MAMA -  March 3, 2011 - 4:26 pm

    nom nom nom i like potato chips nom nom nom

  83. Kelly -  March 3, 2011 - 4:08 pm

    In French in grade 5 we read a story called “911 Coin-Coin”, or “911 Quack Quack”.

  84. rizzo -  March 3, 2011 - 3:46 pm

    rama-lama-lama, kadinga-da-ding-da-dong, shoowop-shewadda-wadda yippedy boom-de-boom, change-change-changity-change-shabob, dip-dadip-dadip-dadip-doowap-da-dooby-doop, boogedy-boogedy-boogedy-boogedy-boogedy shooby-dowap-shebob, shanna-nana-nana-nana yippedy-dip-deboom, a-wap-baba-loo-bab a wop bamboo!!!

  85. Hannah -  March 3, 2011 - 3:44 pm

    That’s really interesting! Now that I read it, I want some chips now! :) I am learning about onomatopoeias for our English Class in the Poem unit.

  86. Ray -  March 3, 2011 - 12:51 pm

    Final point–

    In protolinguistics, the concept of sounds meaning what they sound like, is reality: e.g. RA, is R-roundness (of) A-outpouring, i.e. the sun (or maybe a supernova).

  87. Ray -  March 3, 2011 - 12:42 pm

    SMUCKERS® (jams, preserves, jellys, spreads, butters,… drink powders,… N.B. This may be a case of taking the family name for work. cf Baker, Barber, Smith, Wright, etc.)

    And that’s in the class of ideophones…

    SCHMUCK, on the other hand, is similar in sound but in the class of onomatopoeia.

  88. dolores -  March 3, 2011 - 12:26 pm


  89. Marc -  March 3, 2011 - 12:02 pm

    And in response to friend Ole TBoy, it is neither onomatopoetic nor ideophonic. It is idiomatic.

  90. Marc -  March 3, 2011 - 12:00 pm

    Having opened many a bag of Sunchips (for those are the products referred to) I can report that the sound of opening the bag is a crustle ( A combination of crackle and rustle) @:>

  91. Larry -  March 3, 2011 - 11:44 am

    Must Onomatopoeias always be “literal”? Perhaps the language would be enriched if we accepted words that describe what things SHOULD sound like. An example: “snicker snack” from “Jabberwocky” is what cutting something rapidly with scissors should sound like. If this is too far out, just zap me.

  92. Powens -  March 3, 2011 - 11:35 am


  93. Eduardo -  March 3, 2011 - 11:26 am


  94. cooldude -  March 3, 2011 - 11:11 am

    fap fap fap fap fap fap fap fap fap fap fap fap….squirt! splash! aaaaaagh…..sigh, sigh….sigh

  95. Katie -  March 3, 2011 - 11:08 am


  96. Mr POC -  March 3, 2011 - 11:07 am

    “Woof woof!”
    Though it seems that only hairy old disinterested dogs with moustaches say this.
    Interestingly, dogs in France say bep bep! as opposed to woof woof. This I’m sure is as a result of the French penchant for small poodles etc. And I’ve heard of a number of equally bizarre translations in other parts of the world – unusual since in all languages the “bark” is an onomatopoeic word. One would think they would be in some way similar.

    Maybe an item for next week’s Word Of The Day?

  97. joue -  March 3, 2011 - 10:39 am

    J’aime le côté pop mot.

  98. Benedict Giger -  March 3, 2011 - 10:12 am

    The one and only, inimitable… drum roll please:


    [courtesy of David Foster Wallace]

  99. Lia -  March 3, 2011 - 9:59 am

    Also, shlick, plop, blip, fwish, and whiffle.

  100. Mary -  March 3, 2011 - 9:53 am

    Pow! Zoom! Boom! Kapow! Zap! Bam! Smack! Bang! Zork! & Kaching!

  101. jim the cop -  March 3, 2011 - 9:45 am

    I think opening a bag of chips is “ffwhop”

  102. Rickedy Rick -  March 3, 2011 - 9:38 am

    Vhen u open de chip bags, all ove de “free food zombies” shambles out ove dere cubicles!!!! ROFL

  103. Mary -  March 3, 2011 - 9:29 am

    Lol @ spiderman

    That’s one of my favorites too

  104. Randomada -  March 3, 2011 - 9:10 am

    Amazing how much immaturity can be found in these comments. ON A DICTIONAY SITE. And why is Spiderman fapping? SHouldn’t he be out saving Mary Jane?

  105. Evie -  March 3, 2011 - 9:07 am

    boom munch bang kerplunk

  106. Friday -  March 3, 2011 - 9:04 am


  107. Alexei Hines -  March 3, 2011 - 8:47 am

    Clo, Cla, When using your tongue to make them sound of the Cricket ball against the bat.

  108. Batman -  March 3, 2011 - 8:37 am

    Skeet Skeet Skeet Skeet Skeet Skeet Skeet Skeet Skeet Skeet

  109. bored@work -  March 3, 2011 - 8:29 am

    BLOP and GULP i like the pop sound the p makes at the end of each word

  110. sarah rodrigue -  March 3, 2011 - 8:28 am

    ohh corina smart and funny people would come up with this silly word i like it.

  111. corina -  March 3, 2011 - 8:26 am

    thats a really weird word. who came up with that kind of word. its a funny but weird word i would never ever ever be able to come up with that word in my life.

  112. Erika -  March 3, 2011 - 8:23 am

    “Pew Pew” – excellent!

  113. Esteban -  March 3, 2011 - 8:23 am

    BAM!!! POW!!! BIFF!!! Go Batman!

  114. anonabc -  March 3, 2011 - 8:18 am


  115. Aaron B. -  March 3, 2011 - 8:07 am

    In French, “coin coin,” is the sound a duck makes.

    Also, how does one pronounce “ideophone”?

  116. whit -  March 3, 2011 - 8:02 am

    haha. fap!

  117. WitchHazard -  March 3, 2011 - 7:57 am

    ‘Clunk’ ‘Thunk’ and ‘Thock’ like when someone gets clocked with a two-by-four. Best sound EVER

  118. gaurav -  March 3, 2011 - 7:51 am


  119. Junoesque -  March 3, 2011 - 7:48 am

    How about “mwah” for a kiss? ;)

  120. grant -  March 3, 2011 - 7:09 am


  121. Laney -  March 3, 2011 - 7:03 am

    Nom nom… Or would that be an ideophone?

  122. Alchemiste -  March 3, 2011 - 7:01 am

    sizzle, kurplop, zing and woodchuck (Algonquin word for the sound that a woodchuck makes – learned this from the Hot Word from Feb 1st)

  123. Lando -  March 3, 2011 - 6:56 am


  124. Joe -  March 3, 2011 - 6:44 am

    One of my very favorite words: Punt!

  125. saramo -  March 3, 2011 - 6:40 am

    crunch, crack, bang, wallop, shout

  126. Ole TBoy -  March 3, 2011 - 6:25 am

    I don’t know diddly. I don’t know squat. I don’t know diddlysquat. Would this usage be onomatopoediac or ideophonic? Help.

  127. jshow -  March 3, 2011 - 5:35 am

    I just like the word Onomatopoeia!

  128. Raina bo baina -  March 3, 2011 - 5:06 am

    I love the comments on this Hot Word lol
    This was interesting and it made me want some chips! :D
    Thanks Dictionary.com

  129. jigijosh -  March 3, 2011 - 5:04 am

    I heard click was kashi kashi.

  130. louis paiz -  March 3, 2011 - 5:02 am

    to my ear it sounds chruuuakl.thanks

  131. Mtn Dew girl -  March 3, 2011 - 4:34 am

    The sound it hear when tyou open a can of mtn dew. That is my favorite sound ever!

  132. spiderman -  March 2, 2011 - 8:30 pm

    fap fap fap fap fap fap fap fap fap fap

  133. Wilson -  March 2, 2011 - 8:06 pm

    Kapow Zoom Bam Pew Pew

  134. Gookie -  March 2, 2011 - 8:03 pm

    Ching chang chong

  135. Cerise -  March 2, 2011 - 7:58 pm

    the sound of a bag of chips opening hmmm i would guess it would be POP! because when you pop a bag of chips open it sounds like it’s going to pop right?

  136. StuckUpAsian -  March 2, 2011 - 7:28 pm

    crunch crunch i love eating

  137. >>StuckUpAsian -  March 2, 2011 - 7:27 pm

    Hahaha great comments but I have two that I really like too crunch crunch I love eating but I’m not fat I’m in 6th grade and I weigh 66 lbs.

  138. Lefty -  March 2, 2011 - 6:21 pm

    Opps correction I meant to say on face or bare back open handed it makes such a loud noise!!

  139. The person -  March 2, 2011 - 6:20 pm

    Im learning this in class RIGHT NOW!!! =D

  140. Lefty -  March 2, 2011 - 6:19 pm

    Smack!! Like when you hit someone on face on back open hand it makes suck a loud noice!! I love it!!

  141. Sydafer -  March 2, 2011 - 6:08 pm


  142. Becca -  March 2, 2011 - 6:05 pm

    My favorite onomatopoeic words are ‘Moo’ and ‘Oink’ becasue they’re really fun to imitate, although a pig doesn’t really go oink, it actually goes more like ‘gooha, goohha’.

  143. Freddie -  March 2, 2011 - 6:03 pm

    Bang, Chaching, Boom, and Kapow

  144. Cyberquill -  March 2, 2011 - 5:11 pm

    Onomatopoeia sounds like something there should be a vaccine against.

  145. whoneedsaname -  March 2, 2011 - 5:03 pm

    Onomatopoeias always remind me of the 1960′s Batman show with Adam West. It’s always my direct point of reference when giving an example of what an onomatopoeia is.
    My favorite, ZORK!
    It’s the sound of a zooming roundhouse to the face by a Batboot!

  146. Eddie -  March 2, 2011 - 4:52 pm



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