interjection

noun in·ter·jec·tion \ ˌin-tər-ˈjek-shən \
Updated on: 7 Nov 2017

Definition of interjection

1 a : 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

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

Recent Examples of interjection from the Web

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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.

First Known Use of interjection

15th century

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INTERJECTION Defined for English Language Learners

interjection

noun

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

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

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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