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Short and high sounds

beep

noun

a short high sound made by a piece of electronic equipment

bleep

noun

a short high sound made by a piece of electronic equipment

click

noun

a short sound like the sound when you press a switch

clink

noun

a short high sound that glass or metal objects make when they hit each other

crack

noun

a short sudden loud noise like a small explosion

creak

noun

a high sound that something, especially something wooden, makes when it moves or when you put weight on it

creaking

noun

a creak

peep

noun

the sound made by a car’s horn

pip

noun

a short high sound, especially one made by a piece of electronic equipment

plop

noun

a short sound like the sound made by a small object falling into a liquid, or by an amount of liquid falling onto a surface

pop

noun

a sudden short sound like a small explosion

scream

noun

a loud high noise that you make because you are hurt, frightened, or excited

scream

noun

a very loud high noise

snap

noun

a short loud noise, made especially by something breaking or closing

snatch

noun

a short piece of something that you hear

squeak

noun

a short high noise

squeal

noun

a long high sound

tick

noun

the sound that some clocks and watches make every second

toot

noun

the sound that the horn of a vehicle makes

twang

noun

the sound that is made by a tight string when it is pulled and then returns to its original position

wheeze

noun

a high noise that sounds like air passing through something

whine

noun

a high sound made by a machine, insect etc

whistle

noun

the sound that you make by blowing through a whistle

yelp

noun

a short loud high noise that you make when you are excited, angry, or in pain

skirl

noun

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