[ 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.

Nearby words

  1. excitonics,
  2. excitor,
  3. excitor nerve,
  4. excitoreflex nerve,
  5. excl.,
  6. exclam.,
  7. exclamation,
  8. exclamation mark,
  9. exclamation point,
  10. exclamatory

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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/ (ɪkˈskleɪm) /


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 exclaimer



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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