in·​ter·​ject ˌin-tər-ˈjekt How to pronounce interject (audio)
interjected; interjecting; interjects

transitive verb

: to throw in between or among other things : interpolate
interject a remark
interjector noun
interjectory adjective

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According to its Latin roots, interject ought to mean literally "throw between". For most of the word's history, however, the only things that have been interjected have been comments dropped suddenly into a conversation. Interjections are often humorous, and sometimes even insulting, and the best interjections are so quick that the conversation isn't even interrupted.

Choose the Right Synonym for interject

introduce, insert, insinuate, interpolate, intercalate, interpose, interject mean to put between or among others.

introduce is a general term for bringing or placing a thing or person into a group or body already in existence.

introduced a new topic into the conversation

insert implies putting into a fixed or open space between or among.

inserted a clause in the contract

insinuate implies introducing gradually or by gentle pressure.

insinuated himself into the group

interpolate applies to the inserting of something extraneous or spurious.

interpolated her own comments into the report

intercalate suggests an intrusive inserting of something in an existing series or sequence.

new chapters intercalated with the old

interpose suggests inserting an obstruction or cause of delay.

interpose barriers to communication

interject implies an abrupt or forced introduction.

interjected a question

Example Sentences

“That's an interesting idea,” he interjected, “but I don't think you've considered all of the details.” She listened to us, interjecting remarks every so often. If I may interject, I have things I'd like to add.
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Word History


Latin interjectus, past participle of intericere, from inter- + jacere to throw — more at jet

First Known Use

1588, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of interject was in 1588

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Cite this Entry

“Interject.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 9 Jun. 2023.

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in·​ter·​ject ˌint-ər-ˈjekt How to pronounce interject (audio)
: to throw in between or among other things
interject a remark
interjector noun
interjectory adjective

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