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Communicative sounds

applause

noun

the sound made by people applauding a performance, speech etc

bellow

noun

a loud deep sound made by a person

boo

interjection

people in an audience shout ‘boo’ to show that they disagree with a speaker or dislike a performance

brrr

interjection

used for saying that you feel cold

buzz

noun

the sound of a lot of people talking at the same time

catcall

noun

a loud whistling sound that someone in an audience or a crowd makes to show that they do not like a person or a performance

clap

noun

an action of hitting your hands together, usually many times, to show enjoyment or admiration

cluck

noun

a short low sound that you make with your tongue to show that you are annoyed or do not approve of something

grunt

noun

a short low sound made by a person or an animal

hand

noun

if people give someone a hand, they clap their hands to show that they have enjoyed a performance

hiss

noun

a long ‘s’ sound that people make to show that they do not like something

knock

noun

the sound of someone knocking on a door

mwah

interjection

the sound of a kiss or kisses

ovation

noun

if an audience gives someone an ovation, they clap their hands to express their admiration or enjoyment

phew

interjection

used for showing that you feel hot, tired, or no longer worried about something

raspberry

noun

a rude noise made by putting your tongue out and blowing

shriek

noun

a sound of someone shrieking

signal

noun

a movement or sound made by someone that has a special meaning to another person

standing ovation

noun

an enthusiastic reaction to a performance or speech in which people stand and clap to show how much they enjoyed or approved of it

tsk tsk

interjection

used for showing that you do not approve of something

tut

interjection

used for showing that you are annoyed or do not approve of something. This word represents the sound you make by putting your tongue in the position for a ‘T’ and sucking air in.

tut-tut

interjection

tut

whistle

noun

the sound that someone makes when they force air through their mouth

wolf whistle

noun

a whistle (=noise made by blowing air out between your lips) that you make in order to show that you think someone is attractive

clapping

noun

ululation

noun

a round of applause

a period of time when an audience reacts by clapping their hands

a snap of the fingers

a short loud sound that you make by pressing your middle finger against your thumb and moving them suddenly apart

kabaddi

a game in which two teams of seven players take turns to chase and try to touch players on the opposing team

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Ouch!

a response to a scathing comment or unpleasant situation

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