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English Vocabulary - Vocabulario de inglés
WAYS OF MAKING SOUNDS

  • rustle: make a sound like the one that leaves or sheets of paper make when they move.
    The leaves on the branch rustled in the wind.
  • clink: make a short high sound, like glass or metal objects hitting each other.
    As she carried the tray, the glasses clinked.
  • chink: make a high ringing sound, like glass or metal objects hitting each other. It also refers to the noise of coins.
    They chinked their glasses and drank a toast to the couple.
  • clang: make a loud, long, ringing noise like a metal hitting another metal object.
    The door clanged shut and the elevator went up.
  • toll: make a slow ringing sound, like large bells in a church.
    Bells tolled when the Pope died.
  • chime: make a ringing sound, like small bells or a clock that tells what time it is.
    The clock in the living-room chimed five.
  • tinkle: make a light ringing sound, like very small bells or metal objects.
    A tinkling bell meant that the butler had to go immediately.
  • bang: make a loud noise, when hitting something hard.
    I banged on the window to get her attention.
  • crunch: make a noise like something being crushed.
    As we walked up to the house, leaves crunched under our feet.
  • crack: make a short sudden loud noise, like a small explosion.
    We could hear the thunder cracking above us.
  • crash: make a sudden loud noise, like something being hit.
    The thunder crashed and boomed outside.
  • screech: make a loud, unpleasant, high noise, squeal.
    Brakes screeched and then we heard  a crash.
  • roar: make a continuous loud noise.
    The helicopter roared above them.
  • drone: make a continuous low dull sound.
    An airplane droned overhead.
  • thud: hit something with a loud noise.
    Waves thudded against the side of the ship.
  • clatter: make a loud unpleasant noise, when hard objects are hit.
    The tray slipped and clattered to the floor.
  • scrape: make a rough unpleasant noise by rubbing against a hard surface.
    Chairs scraped loudly when we stood up.
  • creak: make a long high noise, like a wooden floor when somebody walks on it.
    The stair creaked as she walked up.
    The door creaked open.
  • squeak: make a short high noise.
    The shoes squeaked on the tiled floor.
  • knock: make a sound when hitting with the knuckles.
    Someone is knocking at the door.
  • patter: make short quiet sounds by hitting a surface.
    Rain pattered against the windows.
  • buzz: make a rough continuous sound, like a bee or a fly.
    We could hear saws buzzing in the wood.
  • honk: make a loud noise using a horn.
    The drivers honked his horn but the demonstrators didn't move.
  • hoot: make a loud noise with the horn on a car. In the UK the device is called 'a hooter', in the US it's a horn.
    The car behind was hooting at us.
  • twang: make a ringing sound by being pulled and suddenly let go.
    He twanged the guitar strings.
  • boom: make a loud deep noise, as when a bomb goes off.
    Bombs boomed all around the campground.
  • bonk: make a sudden short deep sound, like a wooden spoon being hit against a wall or the floor.
  • whine: make a long high sound because you are in pain or unhappy.
    The dog was really sad; it whined all night.
  • whimper: make low crying sounds.
    She heard the dog whimper all night.
  • hum: make musical sounds with your lips closed.
    If you don't know the tune, you can just hum the tune.
  • whistle: make a high musical sound by forcing out air through puckered lips.
    She whistled a tune as she cleaned the kitchen.
  • hiss: make a long "s" sound, like a snake.
    The tires hissed on the wet road.
    The audience began to hiss and boo.
  • sniff: breathe air into your nose nosily.
    Stop sniffing and blow your nose.
  • snort: make noise by breathing air out through the nose, to show that you are annoyed or amused.
    Paul snorted with laughter.
  • gasp: breathe in suddenly in a way that can be heard.
    The audience gasped in surprise.
  • whoop: shout loudly and happily.
    The players ran around the field, whooping happily.
  • chant: recite or sing in a flat way or using only one tone.
    That priest usually chants the liturgy.
  • boo: make a noise to show dissatisfaction.
    The audience started booing and he left the stage.
  • moan: make a long low noise to show pain or unhappiness.
    He moaned and cried in pain.
  • cheer: shout to show happiness, approval or support.
    The audience cheered when the team appeared.
  • clap: make a short sharp noise by hitting the hands against each other, to show approval or enjoyment.
    The audience began to clap as the actors appeared.
  • plop: make a sound like dropping into water.
    The frog plopped into the pond.
  • sizzle: make a sound like bacon being fried in a pan.
    The sausages started to sizzle in the pan.
  • swish: make a soft sound by moving something quickly through the air.
    Her ball-gown swished as she walked.
  • blare: make a loud unpleasant noise.
    We could hear horns blaring outside.
  • rumble: make a series of short low sounds.
    We could hear thunder rumbling.
  • squelch: make a sucking sound, like walking in mud.
    Her shoes squelched as she walked in the mud.
  • rattle: make a series of short sounds, like small objects hitting each other.
    The bottles rattled as he carried the crates.
  • click: make a short hard sound, to show disapproval or when using the computer mouse.
    His mother clicked her tongue and shut the door.
  • chirp / chirrup (GB): make short high sound, like small birds make in the morning.
    We woke up and heard the birds chirp.
  • putter (GB): make a low sound, like a car with a low revolution engine or a motor boat.
    The old car puttered by.
  • cluck: make a short low sound, like chickens do.
    We could hear the chickens clucking around.
  • bleep: make a high electronic sound, like a pager, a mobile phone or a timer.
    The timer began to bleep indicating that the eggs were cooked.
  • crackle: make short sounds, like something burning in a fire.
    The logs crackled on the fire.
  • gurgle: make a low sound, like water flowing.
    He could hear the river gurgling down in the forest.
  • whoosh: a soft sound made by something moving fast through the air, or made when air is pushed out of something.
    The train sped through the station with a whoosh.

 

We thank Alicia Mansilla (from Buenos Aires, Argentina), Francis Dixon-Clarke (from Sao Paulo, Brazil) and Natalia Nicola (from Mar del Plata, Argentina) for their contribution.

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