- 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
OTHER WORDS FROM interjectionin·ter·jec·tion·al, in·ter·jec·tur·al [in-ter-jek-cher-uhl], /ˌɪn tərˈdʒɛk tʃər əl/, adjectivein·ter·jec·tion·al·ly, adverb
Words nearby interjection
What does interjection mean?
An interjection is a word or phrase that expresses something in a sudden or exclamatory way, especially an emotion. Yikes, uh-oh, ugh, oh boy, and ouch are common examples of interjections.
In grammar, interjections are considered one of the parts of speech (types of words categorized by function, like nouns and verbs and adjectives).
Interjection is the noun form of the verb interject, which most commonly means to interrupt or insert a comment. Interjection can also be used to mean the act or instance of doing so, as in Can I make an interjection?
Example: There was a chorus of angry interjections when the people in the audience heard that their taxes would be going up.
Where does interjection come from?
Use of the word interjection in English actually precedes the use of interject. The first records of interjection come from the 1400s, but interject isn’t recorded until the late 1500s. (Of course, interjections themselves have been used for far longer than that.) Interject comes from the Latin interjicere, meaning “to throw between,” from inter–, “between,” and jacere, “to throw.”
A lot of interjections express feelings, like surprise (whoa, wow), disgust (ew, yuck, ugh), frustration (good grief), or excitement (yay, oh boy). Some interjections express requests or demands, like shh, hush, and ahem. Some indicate pain (ouch) or disappointment or dismay (d’oh). Other interjections are used to react to a realization or something someone has said, like aha, eureka, bingo, and duh. Still others are used to get someone’s attention, like hey and yo.
In grammar, interjections usually stand alone, meaning they are often separate from a sentence, as in Ouch! I stubbed my toe. That’s because they express something all by themselves—they don’t need nouns or verbs to complete the thought.
In more general terms, an interjection is a comment inserted into an ongoing discussion. An interjection can be an interruption, but interjections are a normal part of conversation.
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What are some other forms of interjection?
- interject (verb)
- interjectional (adjective)
- interjectural (adjective)
- interjectionally (adverb)
- interjectory (adjective)
- interjectionalize (verb)
What are some synonyms for interjection?
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What are some words that often get used in discussing interjection?
How is interjection used in real life?
Even if they don’t know they’re called interjections, people use interjections all the time to express all kinds of different things.
I can't decide what my favorite interjection is: humph, whoops or yowza. If only I could have three favorites.
— Gregg Lopez (@gluvox) December 8, 2012
Can anyone explain to me why so many interjections I use gender-neutrally are intrinsically male? "Man!" "Dude!" "Oh boy!" "Guys!"
Like why interjections?? Why so much implicit gender?? Why???
— Aimee Lucido (@AimeeLucido) December 15, 2017
I've done that thing in a meeting where you make an interjection & people nod sagely while you are talking & subsequently make eye contact with you and smile.
I'm peak adulting now. It can only be a matter of time before I say 'As I said before' & use phrases like 'ipso facto'.
— Graham Peacock (@revgpp) October 29, 2019
Try using interjection!
Which of the following words is NOT an interjection?
How to use interjection in a sentence
This again was used equally to denote a potentate of either sex, until at last we find the interjection dame!A Cursory History of Swearing|Julian Sharman
She flashed a glance and an interjection upon him which checked the words upon his lips.Mysterious Mr. Sabin|E. Phillips Oppenheim
Mr. Morsfield renewed his interjection vehemently, for an apology to his politeness in breaking from Mrs. Pagnell.Lord Ormont and his Aminta, Complete|George Meredith
With this final characteristic interjection, Leslie sauntered out of the instructors room without troubling to say good-bye.Marjorie Dean College Freshman|Pauline Lester
The strange varying tones of musical interjection and interrogation were pitiful to hear.Rhoda Fleming, Complete|George Meredith
British Dictionary definitions for interjection
Derived forms of interjectioninterjectional, interjectory or interjectural, adjectiveinterjectionally, adverb
Cultural definitions for interjection
A brief exclamation, often containing only one word: “Oh!” “Gee!” “Good grief!” “Ouch!”