interjection

[ in-ter-jek-shuh n ]
/ ˌɪn tərˈdʒɛk ʃən /

noun

the act of interjecting.
something interjected, as a remark.
the utterance of a word or phrase expressive of emotion; the uttering of an exclamation.
Grammar.
  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!

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Origin of interjection

1400–50; late Middle English interjeccio(u)n < Latin interjectiōn- (stem of interjectiō). See interject, -ion

OTHER WORDS FROM interjection

in·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
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British Dictionary definitions for interjection

interjection
/ (ˌɪntəˈdʒɛkʃən) /

noun

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 forms of interjection

interjectional, interjectory or interjectural, adjectiveinterjectionally, adverb
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Cultural definitions for interjection

interjection

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

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