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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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

Recent Examples on the Web

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, The Conversation, "Curious Kids: Why do we say ‘OK’?," 2 Sep. 2019 What if every college football school trademarked an appropriate conjunction, preposition, adverb, pronoun or interjection of three letters or shorter? Mike Finger,, "In college football, a trademark word for everyone," 15 Aug. 2019 Marilyn Mosby has come out in favor of legal safe interjection sites for heroin and other drug users, signing onto a legal brief in support of the practice along with 63 other experts in the criminal justice field. Phil Davis,, "Amid Baltimore’s opioid crisis, Mosby supports legal safe injection sites in new brief," 10 July 2019 Its procession of march rhythms, dark woodwind colorings and angular piano interjections has a cinematic quality that suggests Price’s early work as an organist for silent films. Brian Wise, WSJ, "Florence Price in Concert and on Disc: A Harvest of Rediscovery," 5 Dec. 2018 As for the others, Kristen Gillibrand was almost Bill de Blasio like in her numerous interjections into the debate. Michael Arceneaux, Essence, "Opinion: Kamala Harris Decided Not To Play It Nice With Joe Biden," 28 June 2019 The vice president mostly ignored the interjections and stuck to his prepared remarks. NBC News, "Pence touts Latino support for Trump in Miami ahead of Democratic debates," 25 June 2019 There are also snacks, wine and plenty of cheeky interjection from DJ R3X, a droid whose expressive animatronic movements look nearly natural. Carly Mallenbaum, USA TODAY, "Why Oga's Cantina is the happiest place at Disneyland's Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge," 3 June 2019

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First Known Use of interjection

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

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The first known use of interjection was in the 15th century

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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 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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authorized for issue (as a bond)

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