[ 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

ex·claim·er, nounun·ex·claim·ing, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for exclaimed


/ (ɪkˈskleɪm) /


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

Derived Forms

exclaimer, noun

Word Origin for exclaim

C16: from Latin exclāmāre, from clāmāre to shout
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