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


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!

Nearby words

  1. interiorly,
  2. interisland,
  3. interj.,
  4. interjacent,
  5. interject,
  6. interjectionalize,
  7. interjectory,
  8. interjoin,
  9. interjoist,
  10. interkinesis

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

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British Dictionary definitions for interjection


/ (ˌɪntəˈdʒɛkʃən) /


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

Culture definitions for interjection


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

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