interjection

noun
in·​ter·​jec·​tion | \ ˌin-tər-ˈjek-shən How to pronounce interjection (audio) \

Definition of interjection

1a : the act of uttering exclamations : ejaculation
b : the act of putting in between : interposition
2 : an ejaculatory utterance usually lacking grammatical connection: such as
a : a word or phrase used in exclamation (such as Heavens! Dear me!)
b : a cry or inarticulate utterance (such as Alas! ouch! phooey! ugh!) expressing an emotion
3 : something that is interjected or that interrupts

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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.

Examples of interjection in a Sentence

interjections such as “oh,” “alas,” and “wow” a chorus of angry interjections greeted the announcement that our flight would be delayed
Recent Examples on the Web Nunes asked who the member of the intelligence community was, prompting an interjection from House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff, D-Calif. Nicholas Wu, USA TODAY, "Takeaways: Trump request to Ukraine seen as a "demand"," 20 Nov. 2019 It can be used as a noun, a verb, an adjective, a conjunction or an interjection. Elly Van Gelderen, Quartz, "How “OK” became the most spoken word on the planet," 3 Sep. 2019 Trump’s latest interjection will once again have his negotiators scrambling to try to pull off what many Western officials have described as an unrealistic goal. BostonGlobe.com, "KABUL — After abruptly axing nearly a year of delicate peace talks with the Taliban in September, President Trump put the negotiations back on the front burner this week in a similarly jolting fashion by seeming to demand a cease-fire that his negotiators had long concluded was overly ambitious.," 1 Dec. 2019 It can be used as a noun, a verb, an adjective, a conjunction or an interjection. Elly Van Gelderen, Quartz, "How “OK” became the most spoken word on the planet," 3 Sep. 2019 The gun rights activist continued talking, past the timer signaling the end of his allotted two minutes and over polite interjections from members of the Anne Arundel Gun Violence Prevention Task Force. Jean Marbella, baltimoresun.com, "These women lost family members in the Capital Gazette shooting. Now they’re leading the fight against gun violence.," 4 Oct. 2019 Their interjections caused Mayor Katrina Foley to repeatedly call for order. Daily Pilot, "Costa Mesa moves ahead with changes to high-speed wireless infrastructure, despite protests from residents," 2 Oct. 2019 It can be used as a noun, a verb, an adjective, a conjunction or an interjection. Elly Van Gelderen, Quartz, "How “OK” became the most spoken word on the planet," 3 Sep. 2019 It can be used as a noun, a verb, an adjective, a conjunction or an interjection. Elly Van Gelderen, Quartz, "How “OK” became the most spoken word on the planet," 3 Sep. 2019

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First Known Use of interjection

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

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17 Jan 2020

Cite this Entry

“Interjection.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/interjection. Accessed 24 January 2020.

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interjection

noun
How to pronounce interjection (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of interjection

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

interjection

noun
in·​ter·​jec·​tion | \ ˌin-tər-ˈjek-shən How to pronounce interjection (audio) \

Kids Definition of interjection

1 : a word or cry (as “ouch”) expressing sudden or strong feeling
2 : the act of inserting or including something

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