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Concept: Descriptive Sounds


  • Descriptive sounds are words that imitate or suggest the sounds related to them.
  • It can be sounds made by humans (spoken or heard) or sounds made by animals.



Uses of Sounds in Text

Many sound words show the sound that the action makes. These words express sounds. These sounds help make the text lively and expressive.

Sound words can be memorized

A) Some Common Descriptive Sounds relating Humans.

In a story, characters express their thought or emotions with words. Sometimes their action also is accompanied by sounds words that tell you more about the current situation of the character.


Sounds Expression
argh Expression of annoyance.
babble To utter meaningless sounds.
brr Sound of shivering.
burp Expel gas from the stomach.
clap Sound made with palms together.
Gulp Sound of swallowing
haha Sound of laughter
hehe High pitched laughter
munch Chew noisily
shh Sound of silencing
zzz sleeping

B) Sounds Made by Objects

Describing objects in the sounds of objects whether they break, collide, shatter, etc.


Sounds Expression
Bang The sound of an explosion
Beep-beep Car horn
Clink Sound of glass
Ding-dong doorbell
Flutter Sound of motion
Ring-ring Phone ringing
thud A big object falling
vroom Sound of engine

Sounds Made by Different Animals


Sounds Expression
Alligators – Hiss, grunt, roar Chicken-cluck
Bats-screech Birds-twitter,sing,tweet,chirp
Bees-hum and buzz Cocks –crow
Cats-mew,pur,hiss Dogs-bark, woof
Donkeys-he-haw(bray) Elephants-trumpet, roar
Doves-coo Foxes-bark
Ducks-quack Frogs-croak
Eagles-scream, cry Giraffes-bleat
Grasshoppers-chirp Hippopotamus-roar
Horses-neigh Geese-quack

Common error

Overuse of Descriptive Words

Using too many descriptive sounds can confuse the reader in describing or imagine things.


  1. The tall young girl opened the attic door which made the door creak open.
  2. The tall young girl opened the attic door which made a creaking sound.
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