exclaim

[ 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 formsex·claim·er, nounun·ex·claim·ing, adjective
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exclaim

/ (ɪkˈskleɪm) /

verb

to cry out or speak suddenly or excitedly, as from surprise, delight, horror, etc
Derived Formsexclaimer, noun

Word Origin for exclaim

C16: from Latin exclāmāre, from clāmāre to shout
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Word Origin and History for exclaim

exclaim


v.

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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