exclaim

verb ex·claim \ ik-ˈsklām \
Updated on: 18 Nov 2017

Definition of exclaim

intransitive verb
1 :to cry out or speak in strong or sudden emotion
  • exclaimed in delight
2 :to speak loudly or vehemently
  • exclaimed against immorality
transitive verb
:to utter sharply, passionately, or vehemently :proclaim

exclaimer

noun

Examples of exclaim in a Sentence

  1. “Here he comes!” someone exclaimed.

  2. She exclaimed in delight over the Christmas tree.

  3. The children exclaimed with wonder when they saw the elephant.

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Origin and Etymology of exclaim

Middle French exclamer, from Latin exclamare, from ex- + clamare to cry out — more at claim

exclaim Synonyms

Synonyms
blat, blurt (out), bolt, cry (out), ejaculate
Related Words
blunder, leak; bellow, bleat, crow, holler, hoot, howl, roar, shout, whoop, yowl; aah (also ah), ooh; interject

EXCLAIM Defined for English Language Learners

exclaim

verb

Definition of exclaim for English Language Learners

  • : to say (something) in an enthusiastic or forceful way

  • : to cry out or speak suddenly or with strong feeling


EXCLAIM Defined for Kids

exclaim

verb ex·claim \ ik-ˈsklām \

Definition of exclaim for Students

exclaimed; exclaiming
:to speak or cry out suddenly or with strong feeling

Word Root of exclaim

The Latin word clamāre, meaning “to shout” or “to cry out,” gives us the root clam and its form claim. Words from the Latin clamāre have something to do with shouting. To exclaim is to cry out in a sudden or emotional way. To proclaim is to announce or shout something publicly. Clamor is noisy shouting.



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