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B

batabatabata

sound of a helicopter. Find all helicopter sounds

keywords engine helicopter movement

beep beep beep beep beep beep whirrrffftt bonk

Sound of a forklift (From Diggers go by Steve Light). All caps in the book BEEP BEEP BEEP BEEP BEEP BEEP WHIRRRFFFTT BONK

keywords engine lift truck automotive

beep beep beep beep screeeech ruuurrrump pa-lump

Sounds made by a dump truck (Diggers go by Steve Light, all caps in the book BEEP BEEP BEEP BEEP SCREEEECH RUUURRRUMP PA-LUMP

keywords truck dump rubble dirt stone sand engine

blare

loud sound

keywords music misc tone engine

bllgh blllgggh blllllgggghh

(automotive) sound of boiling coolant Cartalk

keywords engine automotive liquid water

boooOOOOOOooo

(automotive) sound of a bad turbo. Cartalk

keywords engine automotive

brum-brum-brum-brum-brrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr

Sound of a chainsaw

keywords engine

bwwob bwwwobbubwub

Sound of a car engine low on coolant Cartalk

keywords automotive engine

C

chakk-chackk-chak-chak, chak-a-chak-akk-chk-chk-chk

sound of a helicopter. Find all helicopter sounds

keywords engines helicopter movement

choo-choo

small children's word for train (steam engine)

keywords engine

chooga chooga chooga

steam engine or train. Click here for more train sounds

keywords engine movement

chug

a dull explosive sound made by or as if by a laboring engine

keywords engine

chug chugchug chugchug mmmoooosh

sound of a steamroller (Diggers go by Steve Light. All caps in the book CHUG CHUGCHUG CHUGCHUG MMMMOOOOSH)

keywords engine equipment road

chumma chumma chumma, hufft hufft, falump

Sounds made by an excavator (From Diggers go by Steve Light). In the book all caps CHUMMA CHUMMA CHUMMA, HUFFT HUFFT FALUMP

keywords engine metal digging

chunk

to chunk, a verb for sound made by a big engine, as in thumping, chunking engines going.. (from the poem "engineers" by Jimmy Garthwaite, in "Noisy poems" by Jill Bennett)

keywords engine

clackety-clack

sound of a train sound of a train riding on a railroad switch or joint (Song of the train by David McCord, in Noisy poems by Jill Bennett). also: clickety-clack

keywords metal engine

clank

1. the sound of metal when struck, 2. to clank, verb for the sound made by a big engine (from the poem "engineers" by Jimmy Garthwaite, in Noisy poems by Jill Bennett)

keywords hard_hit engine

clickety-clack

sound of a train sound of a train riding on a railroad switch or joint (Song of the train by David McCord, in Noisy poems by Jill Bennett), see also clackety-clack

keywords metal movement engine

D

dubdubdubdubdubdub

Sound of a helicopter. Find all helicopter sounds

keywords engine helicopter movement

F

flac-flac-flac

sound of a helicopter. Find all helicopter sounds

keywords engines helicopter movement

floovb, floovb, vwomp, vwomp

sound of a bad tire of a car. Cartalk

keywords automotive engine movement rubber

G

grrrakka kkakkakkakkakkakkakk akkakkakk kkakka akk

Sounds made by a jackhammer (From Diggers go by Steve Light). In the book all caps GRRRAKKA KKAKKAKKAKKAKKAKKAKK AKKAKKAKKAKK AKKAKKAKK AKKA KKAKKA AKK

keywords engine metal

gulla, gulla, glugluglugluglug

sound of a bad axle, in a car (Cartalk)

keywords automotive car engine metal

gunko, gunko

sound of wagon wheels ("Pedro and the padre", by Verna Aardema)

keywords engine

H

hissssssssss ssss ss

(automotive) sound a of a failing brake booster

keywords engine automotive

J

jee je je jeee

(automotive) clutch release bearing on the way out. Cartalk

keywords engine automotive

K

koink

sound of squeezing a can of oil to lubricate something ("Garfield", Jim Davis)

keywords metal engine liquid

N

nnneeaoowww

sound of a propeller plane flying overhead (ref)

keywords plane movement engine

nnnghuh nnnguh

Sound of a broken power steering pump in a car Cartalk

keywords automotive engine

P

potato-potato-potato

Sound of a poorly running motorcycle engine. The sound emphasis is on the 'p' and 't' rather than the vowels. Janet writes: "My sister used the above expression to describing a problem she had on starting a new motorcycle - it was jerking along as if it had 'kangaroo juice' in the tank. She assumed a "Gangnam Style" stance and dance to illustrate it, while saying "there I was going 'potato-potato-potato' - what a show-up!" She says that this expression is often used within her group of motorcycling friends, usually in connection with novice riders, although it may be in use more widely across the UK. The sound emphasis seems to be on the 'p' and 't' rather than the vowels." (thanks Janet!)

keywords engine movement

puhVRooPuhHoo puhVROOpuhHOO

Sound of an engine misfire in a car Cartalk

keywords automotive engine

pump

(possibly of imitative origin) mechanical device for raising/moving water or gas

keywords engine liquid

R

rizzz

sound of an electric drill (ref)

keywords drill engine movement mechanism buzz

rooaaarrr

sound of a car when driving fast

keywords engine automotive movement

RRUUMBLE SCRUNCH SCRUUMBLE SCRUUUNCHH

Sounds made by a bulldozer. From:
Diggers go, by Steve Light

keywords construction equipment machine heavy engine

rump - rump

sound of a washing machine , "[Aredelia] found Starling in the warm laundry room, dozing against the slow rump-rump of a washing machine." (Thomas Harris, Silence of the Lambs, 1988)

keywords machine engine movement

S

screech

1. a high shrill piercing cry usually expressing pain or terror, 2. the high pitched sound the tires of a car make when it turns at high speed

keywords human human pain animal engine automotive movement crack

skwee brrumm brrumm skoooooo skooooo

Sounds made by a front loader (Diggers go by Steve Light, all caps in the book SKWEE BRRUMM BRRUMM SKOOOOOO SKOOOOO)

keywords engine rubble sand stone dirt metal

T

thith-thith-thith

sound of a helicopter. Find all helicopter sounds

keywords engine helicopter movement

thump

1. to strike or beat with or as if with something thick or heavy so as to cause a dull sound, as in a punch during a fight, or the sound of heavy footsteps 2. a verb for sound made by a big engine, as in thumping, chunking engines going.. (from the poem "engineers" by Jimmy Garthwaite, in "Noisy poems" by Jill Bennett)

keywords hard_hit engine

tocotocotoco

sound of a helicopter. more helicopter sounds

keywords engine helicopter movement

tuckaTHUCKtuckaTHUCKtucka

sound of engine knocking. Car Talk

keywords automotive engine metal

tuk-tuk

Common name for auto rickshaw, imitative of the sound of the small two-stroke engine (thailandtuktuk.net). Also called trishaw, auto, rickshaw, autorick, bajaj, rick, tricycle, mototaxi, or baby taxi.

keywords engine automotive

V

varoom

sound of a fast driving car or an explosion (Also the title of a Roy Lichtenstein painting. Find more explosions.

keywords explosion engine automotive movement

vooRRRR, vooRRR, vooRRR

Engine revving up and down Cartalk

keywords automotive engine

vreeeeeeeeeeeeeeew

Sound of a whistle of an old steam locomotive. This is a high-pitched one. A lower-pitched one might do "vroo-vroo"

keywords air engine movement

vroo-vroo

Sound of a whistle of an old steam locomotive. This would be a low-pitched one. A high-pitched one would be more like "vreeeeeeeeeeeeeeew"

keywords gas movement engine

vroom

sound of a car

keywords engine automotive movement

W

wher, wher, wher

Sound of a chainsaw being started

keywords wood engine saw

whirr

to move swiftly with a vibratory sound, eg of a small electric motor, electronic film transport in an analog photo camera.

keywords engine movement

whop whop whop

sound of a helicopter. Find more helicopter sounds

keywords engines helicopter movement

whumpa-whumpa-whumpa-whumpa

sound of a helicopter. Find more helicopter sounds

keywords engines helicopter movement

whup-whup-whup

sound of a helicopter. Find more helicopter sounds

keywords engines helicopter movement

woh woh woh woh

(automotive) sound of a bad bearing in the timing belt tensioner

keywords engine automotive

wuppa wuppa

sound of a helicopter. Find more helicopter sounds

keywords engines movement helicopter

Y

YEEeeEEeeEEeeEEeeEEee!

Sound of a loose belt in a car engine Cartalk

keywords automotive engine

Z

zoom

to speed along with a low hum or buzz. also: to focus a camera on an object using a zoom lens (to 'zoom in' or 'zoom out'), also imitative of sound when motorized.

keywords engine movement

ZOOOSH ZOOOSH ZOOOOOOOSH DING DING DING

diesel train. from this book:
Trans go, by Steve Light
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keywords locomotive antique old engine