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