I searched all the internet and comics but couldn't find any onomatopoeia for Rocket blasting into space.

Any ideas?

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  • This is too localised. English doesn't have "onomatopoeic" words suitable for every sound one can imagine. The sound of a rocket lift-off is a "[deafening/thunderous] roar", but in practice hardly anyone is going to hear it directly from nearby anyway - they'll just hear a low-pitched rumbling coming from a loudspeaker, or far away in the distance. – FumbleFingers Jan 31 '12 at 19:46
  • If it's writing inspiration you're looking for, check out how rockets from hobby to space sound and are described. – aedia λ Jan 31 '12 at 20:51
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    SHSHSHSHSHSHSHShShShShShShshshshshshshhhshhhshhhshhhshhhshhhhhhhhhh – Pete Wilson Feb 8 '12 at 11:54

I'm not sure you can capture the sound with a single onomatopoeia. (If it's possible, you can probably find the word here.)

Penn Jillette wrote perhaps the best-ever description of a Space Shuttle launch, which includes this paragraph:

Right as you say the word “noise” in your head, right as those synapses connect, you get hit in the chest. You don’t exactly hear it at first, it almost knocks you over. It’s the loudest most wonderful sound you’ve ever heard. Megadeth’s double bass drum Quaalude thunder sounds like the Preservation Hall Jazz Band’s tasteful twenty-two-incher next to this. You can’t really hear it. It’s too loud to hear. It’s wonderful, deep and low. It’s the bottom. For a bass player or a drummer nothing could give more joy. It’s a squealy lead guitar player’s worst nightmare. Pete Townshend said that music should be loud enough that you can’t think of anything else, but it took an explosion to make him deaf. This is a real explosion and it’s controlled and it’s doing nothing but good and it makes your unbuttoned shirt flap around your arms. It’s beyond sound, it’s wind. It’s a man-made hurricane. It’s a baseball bat in the chest. It’s so loud. It’s so loud you can’t even call it loud. You start cheering. You start yelling. You start crying. You are yelling from the depth of your little lizard brain. You’re yelling because stinkin’ animals have done this. You know the alligators are cheering and the birds and the Good Sams and every living thing on the planet is cheering. We’re all cheering together because Earth animals are going into space. You can feel your throat getting raw, but you can’t hear yourself scream because the shuttle is so stinkin’ goddamn loud. The ground shakes and it’s loud. Warfare could be louder, but this is the loudest totally good thing you will ever hear. The loudest good thing you will ever feel.


I'm not sure if there is an onomatopoeia-style (onomatopaedic?) word for it, because it's such a long, sustained sound. It's a rumbling roar, so maybe the RRRR sound is what you're looking for, but there's a lot of crackling, too...

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    The adjectival form of onomatopoeia is onomatopoeic. – Marthaª Jan 31 '12 at 19:36
  • I would be seriously worried if I heard any "crackling" during take-off. They don't use logs for rocket fuel! – FumbleFingers Jan 31 '12 at 19:40
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    Rumble and roar are onomatopoeic. – Hugo Jan 31 '12 at 19:45

Rockets make a rumbling sound as they prepare for takeoff, followed by a roaring sound during takeoff, followed by a whooshing around much later.

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    Don't forget the sonic boom when it passes the speed of sound. – Jay Jan 31 '12 at 22:12

Depends on the size of the rocket. Something like the space shuttle would be a prolonged roar. Something like a model rocket would go off with a "whoosh" and a bottle rocket a "fwee" although with the last, it's because they're designed to whistle.