in·​ter·​jec·​tion | \ˌin-tər-ˈjek-shən \

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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Synonyms for interjection


cry, ejaculation, exclamation

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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

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Mbappe plays up front so his interjections are by nature more occasional, yet also more instantly destructive. Martin Rogers, USA TODAY, "After World Cup, Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi may lose best player tags," 13 July 2018 There are no pauses, few adverbs, and, most notably, few interjections by Faye. Josephine Livingstone, The New Republic, "The Empty Space of Rachel Cusk," 15 June 2018 The group’s distinctive bird-like interjections — scerrrrrl! — still accent most songs. John Adamian,, "Migos To Perform At Hot Jam At Xfinity Theatre," 12 May 2018 The orchestra also faces technical hurdles, from the unusual tuning asked of the concertmaster and principal viola, to melodic interjections from a quartet of ocarinas that produce a sound similar to an ensemble of treble voices. Elaine Schmidt, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Program change makes for an effective blend in Milwaukee Symphony performance," 2 Feb. 2018 Franz’s fate unfurls around the Weimar era’s famously down-at-the-heels Alexanderplatz, and Döblin intersperses his story with overheard conversations, weather reports, advertisements, parallel mini-narratives and interjections by the narrator. Amanda Demarco, WSJ, "‘Berlin Alexanderplatz’ Review: A Low-Life for the Ages," 23 Mar. 2018 Dinur and the orchestra moved through wailing wind solos, splashy brass lines, fascinating percussion interjections and rich string-section textures with agility and musical freedom. Elaine Schmidt, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "A great day for clarinetists at Milwaukee Symphony concert," 9 Mar. 2018 Several revelations in the play, which is not easy to watch, emotionally, were accompanied by vocal interjections from the audience. Morgan Greene,, "From the ashes of 'Birth of a Nation' controversy, a new playwright and 'The Light'," 21 Feb. 2018 Milagro has considerately created subtitles to accompany the production, but with rapid speech and witty interjections a many, the subtitles often lacked in pace or translation., "Banned in 1700s, 'Astucias' is still a relatable comedy about class and money," 12 Feb. 2018

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First Known Use of interjection

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

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English Language Learners Definition of interjection

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


in·​ter·​jec·​tion | \ˌin-tər-ˈjek-shən \

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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