Definition of interjection
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
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
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.
First Known Use of interjection
INTERJECTION Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of interjection for English Language Learners
grammar : a spoken word, phrase, or sound that expresses sudden or strong feeling
INTERJECTION Defined for Kids
Definition of interjection for Students
1 : a word or cry (as “ouch”) expressing sudden or strong feeling
2 : the act of inserting or including something
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