- any member of a class of words expressing emotion, distinguished in most languages by their use in grammatical isolation, as Hey! Oh! Ouch! Ugh!
- any other word or expression so used, as Good grief! Indeed!
Origin of interjection
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
Examples from the Web for interjection
Hence the interjection and conjunction, which are essentially elliptic, must always be followed by a silence.Delsarte System of Oratory|Various
In these cases the first interjection is always occasioned by a noise, not simply by the sight of things rolling without noise.The Mind of the Child, Part II|W. Preyer
As some of the rowdiest boys, naturally surprised at this interjection, looked round, he rubbed it in.The Convert|Elizabeth Robins
There was no mistaking the meaning and emphasis of the interjection.Alone|Marion Harland
The editor gave utterance to a sort of interjection that always served him in place of a laugh.Jennie Baxter, Journalist|Robert Barr
British Dictionary definitions for interjection
Derived Formsinterjectional, interjectory or interjectural, adjectiveinterjectionally, adverb
Culture definitions for interjection
A brief exclamation, often containing only one word: “Oh!” “Gee!” “Good grief!” “Ouch!”