I've been thinking.

How do I put the sound of growling stomach into words?

I'm also curious about the Onomatopoeia for chewing food and swallowing water.

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    Isn't growl already onomatopoeic ? Munch and Gulp as @CJDennis has said for the other two. – Frank May 12 '14 at 2:48
  • @Frank You should post that as an answer. – user867 May 12 '14 at 5:27
  • @user867 I think CJDennis should take the credit; 2/3rds of my comment is his answer and growl was in the question already. – Frank May 12 '14 at 5:32
  • @Frank: You are right but there are more mimetic versions of onomatopoeic words also. Like baa, brr, grr. It is almost like the onomatopoeia of an onomatopoeic word but linguistically less structured. Baa is a special case because it is the mimetic version of bleat and bleat lost its onomatopoeic connotations in time. – 0.. May 12 '14 at 14:34
  • @ermanen I know we're not here for discussion but I don't think bleat has lost it's onomatopoeia, has it?. bleat for a lamb or a goat and baa for a sheep seems to be the right sound; lambs and goats definitely don't baa, they bleeeaaaat. – Frank May 13 '14 at 4:14
  • Stomach: grr
  • Swallowing: gulp
  • Chewing: chew or munch
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    "chomp chomp" for chewing also. – 0.. May 12 '14 at 3:13

Gurgle could fit.

'Gurgle, gurgle' went my stomach, as I waited for the bus. I was hungry.


Consider the word 'borborygmus' (plural: borborygmi)

  • That's a very interesting word and although it may have had an onomatopoetically derived origin it is not an onomatopoeia in English. I would never say "My stomach went borborygmus"! – CJ Dennis May 12 '14 at 3:11
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    This is the medical term for stomach rumbling. – 0.. May 12 '14 at 3:16
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    This has nothing to do with onomatopoeia. – user658182 May 12 '14 at 15:33
  • +1 In my view this medical term is almost perfectly onomatopoeic (except for the final s). – Sven Yargs Dec 29 '16 at 2:40

rumble, gurgle, grumble, growl, rumble. And maybe just a simple Grrrr

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