AskDefine | Define interjection

Dictionary Definition



1 an abrupt emphatic exclamation expressing emotion [syn: ejaculation]
2 the action of interjecting or interposing an action or remark that interrupts [syn: interposition, interpolation, interpellation]

User Contributed Dictionary



  • /ˌɪn.tɝ.ˈʤɛk.ʃn̩/
  • Other 1: (ĭnʺtûrjĕkʹshu̇n)
  • Other 2: in-turr-JEHK-shun


From Medieval French interjection (13c.), from Latin interjectionem (nom. interjectio) a throwing or placing between from past participle stem of intericere, from inter- between + -icere, combining form of jacere to throw.


  1. An exclamation or filled pause; a word or phrase with no particular grammatical relation to a sentence, often an expression of emotion. An interruption; something interjected, as ah, hey, wow, yippee, yikes, etc.

Related terms


an exclamation or filled pause in grammar
  • Chinese:
    Mandarin: 感叹词 (gǎntàncí)
  • Czech: citoslovce
  • Dutch: tussenwerpsel
  • Finnish: huudahdussana
  • French: interjection
  • Icelandic: upphrópun
  • Japanese: 感嘆詞, 間投詞
  • Korean: 감탄사 (gamtansa)
  • Latin: interiectio
  • Novial:
  • Russian: междометие
  • Spanish: interjección
an interruption
  • Finnish: huudahdus

Extensive Definition

An interjection is a part of speech that usually has no grammatical connection with the rest of the sentence and simply expresses emotion on the part of the speaker, although most interjections have clear definitions. Filled pauses such as uh, er, um, are also considered interjections. Interjections are generally uninflected function words and have sometimes been seen as sentence-words, because they can replace or be replaced by a whole sentence (they are holophrastic). Sometimes, however, interjections combine with other words to form sentences, but not with finite verbs.
Interjections are used when the speaker encounters events that cause these emotions — unexpectedly, painfully, surprisingly, or in many other sudden ways. However, several languages have interjections that cannot be related to emotions.
The word "interjection" literally means "thrown in between" from the Latin inter ("between") and iacere ("throw").
Interjections are words used to express strong feeling or sudden emotion. They are included in a sentence usually at the start to express a sentiment such as surprise, disgust, joy, excitement or enthusiasm.
Interjections show excitement, and emotion. They generally come at the start of a sentence followed by an exclamation point, or by a comma if the feeling's not as strong.
Some examples of interjections are, "Oh!" and "Wow!", etc.

See also

interjection in Bosnian: Uzvici
interjection in Bulgarian: Междуметие
interjection in Chuvash: Междомети
interjection in Czech: Citoslovce
interjection in Danish: Udråbsord
interjection in German: Interjektion
interjection in Spanish: Interjección
interjection in Esperanto: Interjekcio
interjection in French: Interjection
interjection in Scottish Gaelic: Clisgear
interjection in Galician: Interxección
interjection in Croatian: Usklici
interjection in Indonesian: Interjeksi
interjection in Italian: Interiezione
interjection in Kazakh: Одағай
interjection in Latin: Interiectio
interjection in Lithuanian: Jaustukas
interjection in Malayalam: വ്യാക്ഷേപകം
interjection in Malay (macrolanguage): Kata seru
interjection in Dutch: Tussenwerpsel
interjection in Japanese: 感動詞
interjection in Norwegian: Interjeksjon
interjection in Norwegian Nynorsk: Interjeksjon
interjection in Polish: Wykrzyknik (część mowy)
interjection in Portuguese: Interjeição
interjection in Russian: Междометие
interjection in Simple English: Interjection
interjection in Slovak: Citoslovce
interjection in Serbian: Узвици
interjection in Swedish: Interjektion
interjection in Turkish: Ünlem (dil bilgisi)
interjection in Ukrainian: Вигук

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