How To Say Ouch, Atchoo, and Meow in Portuguese

“Co coro cóó”, crowed the rooster in Portuguese

According to the Merriam-Webster language dictionary onomatopoeia is the naming of a thing or action by a vocal imitation of the sound associated with it. Good examples in English are atchoo for sneezing and sigh for weariness.

Brazilian Portuguese also has many such terms, evidently adapted to the spelling of the language and the traditions of the country.

Here’s a list of some onomatopeias, onomatopoeias. Click on the link below to listen to and repeat them for practice.

Onomatopoeia in Portuguese Meaning in Portuguese English
aff tédio boredom
ah surpresa surprise
ai dor pain
atchim espirro sneeze
au latido barking
bibi buzina honking
bua choro crying
burp arroto burp
co coro có canto do galo a rooster’s crow
ding dong campainha doorbell
hahaha risada laughter
hã / heim o que? what?
hmm reflexão thinking
humm gostoso yummy
miau miado de gato a cat’s meow
ratimbum tambores a drum roll
tchibum caindo na água falling into water
tique taque barulho de relógio sound of a clock
shhh silêncio quiet


Onomatopoeia in Portuguese


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