verb (used with object)

to insert between other things: to interject a clarification of a previous statement.
Obsolete. to come between.

Origin of interject

1570–80; < Latin interjectus past participle of interjicere to throw between, equivalent to inter- inter- + -jec- (combining form of jac-, stem of jacere to throw) + -tus past participle suffix
Related formsin·ter·jec·tor, nounun·in·ter·ject·ed, adjective

Synonyms for interject Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for interject

Contemporary Examples of interject

  • “Let me finish, Mitt,” he said when the former Massachusetts governor tried to interject.

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    Happy Huckabee Gets Mad

    David Freedlander

    May 6, 2014

  • She raised her hand when she wanted to interject, looking like a kid wanting to be called on in class.

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    Romney Rattled, But Still in Front

    John Avlon

    October 19, 2011

  • "If I may interject, Judge, they find YOU difficult and challenging, more than your colleagues," Graham countered.

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    19 Best Moments from Sonia's Hearing

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    July 13, 2009

Historical Examples of interject

  • "It isn't only Ronny, you know," Freddie hastened to interject.

    Jill the Reckless

    P. G. (Pelham Grenville) Wodehouse

  • Their function was to interject comical comments from time to time.


    William Graham Sumner

  • Here I must interject that such a statement is somewhat sweeping.

    Mental Efficiency

    Arnold Bennett

  • At this point Dick Bissell undertook to interject some of his humor into the situation.

    Sube Cane

    Edward Bellamy Partridge

  • How absurd, we will interject, is the saying: "Love me, love my dog."

    Plum Pudding

    Christopher Morley

British Dictionary definitions for interject


verb (tr)

to interpose abruptly or sharply; interrupt with; throw inshe interjected clever remarks
archaic to come between; interpose
Derived Formsinterjector, noun

Word Origin for interject

C16: from Latin interjicere to place between, from jacere to throw
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Word Origin and History for interject

1570s, back-formation from interjection or else from Latin interiectus, past participle of intericere "to throw between, insert, interject" (see interjection). Related: Interjected; interjecting.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper