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[ik-skleym] /ɪkˈskleɪm/
verb (used without object)
to cry out or speak suddenly and vehemently, as in surprise, strong emotion, or protest.
verb (used with object)
to cry out; say loudly or vehemently.
Origin of exclaim
1560-70; earlier exclame < Latin exclāmāre to cry out. See ex-1, claim
Related forms
exclaimer, noun
unexclaiming, adjective
1, 2. shout, proclaim, vociferate; yell, shriek, scream, holler, howl. Unabridged
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  • "Yet it is ever thus, when Plato is with us," exclaimed Pericles.

    Philothea Lydia Maria Child
  • "Now you are angry with me," exclaimed the sensitive maiden; and she burst into tears.

    Philothea Lydia Maria Child
  • "Marvellous, indeed, is the mystery of our being," exclaimed Anaxagoras.

    Philothea Lydia Maria Child
  • "He's gone off with my gold," exclaimed Paul Nichols, recovering from his stupefaction.

    Brave and Bold Horatio Alger
  • Ambrose only exclaimed “O uncle, you must have been hard pressed.”

    The Armourer's Prentices Charlotte M. Yonge
British Dictionary definitions for exclaimed


to cry out or speak suddenly or excitedly, as from surprise, delight, horror, etc
Derived Forms
exclaimer, noun
Word Origin
C16: from Latin exclāmāre, from clāmāre to shout
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Word Origin and History for exclaimed



1560s, back-formation from exclamation or else from Middle French exclamer (16c.), from Latin exclamare "cry out loud," from ex- intensive prefix "out" (see ex-) + clamare "cry, shout, call" (see claim (v.)). Spelling influenced by claim. Related: Exclaimed; exclaiming.

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