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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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  • "By George, I forgot the fact that the card had an address on it," Baker exclaimed.

    The Film of Fear Arnold Fredericks
  • "I know the spot well," he exclaimed, after looking at the diagram for a moment.

    A Prisoner of Morro Upton Sinclair
  • I exclaimed, as we encountered a figure that was perfectly familiar to me.

    A Middy of the King Harry Collingwood
  • "I bring you greeting from our brave general, Gomez," he exclaimed in Spanish.

    A Prisoner of Morro Upton Sinclair
  • A carriage now stopped at the door; and Elizabeth exclaimed, “who is in that carriage?”

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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