interjection

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noun in·ter·jec·tion \ˌin-tər-ˈjek-shən\

Definition of interjection

  1. 1a :  the act of uttering exclamations :  ejaculationb :  the act of putting in between :  interposition

  2. 2 :  an ejaculatory utterance usually lacking grammatical connection: such asa :  a word or phrase used in exclamation (as Heavens! Dear me!)b :  a cry or inarticulate utterance (as Alas! ouch! phooey! ugh!) expressing an emotion

  3. 3 :  something that is interjected or that interrupts

Examples of interjection in a sentence

  1. interjections such as oh, alas, and wow

  2. a chorus of angry interjections greeted the announcement that our flight would be delayed

What is an interjection?

An interjection is a word or phrase that is grammatically independent from the words around it, and mainly expresses feeling rather than meaning.

Oh, what a beautiful house!

Uh-oh, this looks bad.

Well, it's time to say good night.

Actually, um, it's not my dog.

Shoot. I thought I'd fixed that.

I can't believe I lost the key! Ugh!

Interjections are common in speech and are much more common in electronic messages than in other types of writing.

15th Century

First Known Use of interjection

15th century

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INTERJECTION Defined for English Language Learners

interjection

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noun in·ter·jec·tion \ˌin-tər-ˈjek-shən\

Definition of interjection for English Language Learners

  • grammar : a spoken word, phrase, or sound that expresses sudden or strong feeling


INTERJECTION Defined for Kids

interjection

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noun in·ter·jec·tion \ˌin-tər-ˈjek-shən\

Definition of interjection for Students

  1. 1 :  a word or cry (as “ouch”) expressing sudden or strong feeling

  2. 2 :  the act of inserting or including something



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