A friend asked me to put together a list of words that are based around a sound...if that makes sense. She's particularly interested in how they're spelt. The only ones I can think of so far are below:

ahem oops hmm ouch wow tut
any I've missed that come to mind? Thanks.
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A friend asked me to put together a list of words that are based around a sound...if that makes sense. ... of so far are below: ahem oops hmm ouch wow tut any I've missed that come to mind? Thanks.

Known as "onomatopoeia". If you search the internet definitions of onomatopoeia, you will find several more examples.

baa and moo are some others.
A friend asked me to put together a list of words that are based around a sound...if that makes sense. ... of so far are below: ahem oops hmm ouch wow tut any I've missed that come to mind? Thanks.

"Wow"? How, now?

Michael West
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A friend asked me to put together a list of words that are based around a sound...if that makes sense. ... of so far are below: ahem oops hmm ouch wow tut any I've missed that come to mind? Thanks.

Bang. Splash. Crack. Splat. Boom. Bump. Thump. Buzz. Bow-wow. Meow. I'm tired now. Someone else take over.

Stefano
Wham, splat, squish.
A friend asked me to put together a list of words that are based around a sound...if that makes sense. ... of so far are below: ahem oops hmm ouch wow tut any I've missed that come to mind? Thanks.

"Tsk", sometimes read aloud as "tisk, tisk", and usually described as a "tut". It's true pronunciation is plosive and aspirated with the tongue pressed against the back of the teeth.
Another sound I didn't see in the other posts:
"Pst" or "Psst", which is the attention getting sound. (We recently had a thread in which we discussed the spelling variation and sounds of "whew, phew")
We tend to use spacers while speaking, to slow us down so we can find a word that doesn't flow with the earlier speech. Some of these are : um, er, ah, mmm, hmm (oh, I see you have that), nnn.
Sighs of boredom, impatience, frustration:
Sometimes just a loud and noticeable exhaling with a rolling of the eyes, but other times a yawn may be expressed as the word, "ho-hum". (Some hand gesture such as patting the open mouth two or three times to indicate sleepiness, when words are too impolite.)
"Whee!" to express a giddy excitement. "Eek!" to express fear, shock and surprise (I suppose that that is what is called a "shriek" or "screech".)

Most of these "words" are labeled "interjections" or "ejaculations", and don't have any functional label such as noun, verb, etc, when discussing sentence structure.
I hope I am on the right track and have helped you somewhat.
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A friend asked me to put together a list of words that are based around a sound...if that makes sense. ... of so far are below: ahem oops hmm ouch wow tut any I've missed that come to mind? Thanks.

There are a whole bunch more: buzz, umph or oomph, arghh, tee-hee, hee-hee, hee-haw, ***, hoot, oink, meow or miaow, and boo-hoo come readily to mind, but I note that the OED cites:
1870 Lubbock Orig. Civiliz. ix. (1875) 410 Without...supposing...thatall our root-words have originated from onomatopeia.
Charles Riggs
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A friend asked me to put together a list of words that are based around a sound...if that makes sense.

Not really, it seems too much of a mixed metaphor, or is there a sense in which they can be based around* a sound rather than based *on one?

It sounds a bit like such mind-boggling constructions as "the aspects surrounding the problem".

Steve Hayes from Tshwane, South Africa
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Stefano MacGregor filted:
A friend asked me to put together a list of ... tut any I've missed that come to mind? Thanks.

Bang. Splash. Crack. Splat. Boom. Bump. Thump. Buzz. Bow-wow. Meow. I'm tired now. Someone else take over.

"Pow! Bam! Zonk!" - title of a song from the stage musical "It's A Bird! It's A Plane! It's Superman!"
"Snap! Crackle! Pop!" - spokespixies for Rice Krispies cereal

"Plop, plop, fizz fizz" - jingle for Alka-Seltzer
Just about any word that ever appeared alone on the TV screen during an episode of the sixties "Batman" TV series
"Kretch!" - a word that appeared in a similar context in the Monkees' parody of Batman, "Frogman"
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