[in-ter-jek-shuh n]


the act of interjecting.
something interjected, as a remark.
the utterance of a word or phrase expressive of emotion; the uttering of an exclamation.
  1. any member of a class of words expressing emotion, distinguished in most languages by their use in grammatical isolation, as Hey! Oh! Ouch! Ugh!
  2. any other word or expression so used, as Good grief! Indeed!

Origin of interjection

1400–50; late Middle English interjeccio(u)n < Latin interjectiōn- (stem of interjectiō). See interject, -ion
Related formsin·ter·jec·tion·al, in·ter·jec·tur·al [in-ter-jek-cher-uh l] /ˌɪn tərˈdʒɛk tʃər əl/, adjectivein·ter·jec·tion·al·ly, adverb Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Related Words for interjection

exclamation, wow, amen, hello, alas, boo, hurrah, ahem, oh, whoopee, hooray, shucks, er, ouch, rah, ah, egad, golly, hey, huh

Examples from the Web for interjection

Historical Examples of interjection

  • I brought him back as if from a fit of epilepsy by the interjection of the word, "Siren."

  • Nothing could be liker him than the interjection, as is most meet.

    Spare Hours

    John Brown

  • The interjection came as if it were the outcome of sudden passion.

    Cutlass and Cudgel

    George Manville Fenn

  • "Spy or agent," said the Chamberlain, little abashed at the interjection.

    Doom Castle

    Neil Munro

  • Her modulation of grief, in her plaintive pronunciation of the interjection, Oh!

    Venice Preserved

    Thomas Otway

British Dictionary definitions for interjection



a word or remark expressing emotion; exclamation
the act of interjecting
a word or phrase that is characteristically used in syntactic isolation and that usually expresses sudden emotion; expletiveAbbreviation: interj.
Derived Formsinterjectional, interjectory or interjectural, adjectiveinterjectionally, adverb
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Word Origin and History for interjection

early 15c., from Middle French interjection (Old French interjeccion, 13c.), from Latin interiectionem (nominative interiectio) "a throwing or placing between," noun of action from past participle stem of intericere, from inter- "between" (see inter-) + -icere, comb. form of iacere "to throw" (see jet (v.)).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

interjection in Culture


A brief exclamation, often containing only one word: “Oh!” “Gee!” “Good grief!” “Ouch!”

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