Definition of interjection in English:

interjection

noun

  • 1An abrupt remark, made especially as an aside or interruption.

    • ‘The other gang members offered their own absurd interjections, but otherwise paid close attention to their leader's speech.’
    • ‘He would not allow any more interjections on this matter.’
    • ‘I say to members that Mr Sowry is making a hard-hitting speech, and some interjections can be expected, but not so many as to drown out the member speaking.’
    • ‘I had indicated to the Committee that frivolous interjections designed to break up speeches were out of order.’
    • ‘Two interjections from the rapt audience render the visiting 28-year-old former pupil particularly speechless.’
    • ‘Conversely, the interjection of an apology into this situation yields several ameliorative results.’
    • ‘There will be no further interjections during the member's speech by members of the Labour Party, or they will leave the Chamber.’
    • ‘I had a continual barrage of interjections - quite contrary to the speech of the Minister, to whom we gave a pretty fair hearing.’
    • ‘He was smart and funny, but increasingly frustrated with my interjections.’
    • ‘I heard two interjections during that question.’
    • ‘I am obviously apologetic for interrupting my colleague, but the interjection that Mr Hide shouted out across the Chamber was highly offensive.’
    • ‘My colleague John Key interjects with the best interjection of all.’
    • ‘But if members are having difficulty following the speech because of the interjections, then I thank the member for raising that matter.’
    • ‘But the more drunk she got the more constant her interjections became and the less actual material the comics were able to do.’
    • ‘I ruled out vociferous interjections, and Mr Mallard was more restrained after he was warned.’
    • ‘When a person asking a question chooses to make an unnecessary and offensive remark, he is inviting an interjection at that point.’
    • ‘I want members, particularly those on the front bench, to address interjections other than in the second person.’
    • ‘Cope is derailed by enthusiastic interjections from proprietary fans and the show lurches from one interruption to another.’
    • ‘I remind the Minister that interjections are disorderly at all times.’
    • ‘Since I have been on my feet I have faced a continuous barrage of interjections.’
    exclamation, ejaculation, sudden utterance, cry, shout, roar, call
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    1. 1.1 An exclamation, especially as a part of speech, e.g., ah! or dear me!
      • ‘Two significant categories, of course - an article lacking interjections and pronouns, for example, would not pack the punch of one without any nouns or verbs.’
      • ‘I'd provide interjections such as ‘uh huh’, ‘ahh okay’ and ‘rightey oh then’.’
      • ‘I could fall in love habitually with my own eclectic stream of verbs and interjections and clauses.’
      • ‘These dogs, when they spring into one's consciousness, are likely to bark out interjections such as, ‘What, ho!’’
      • ‘Mark Liberman has an interesting post over at Language Log about the spelling of interjections and onomatopoetic words in comic strips.’
      • ‘These disconcerting interjections of human speech into an otherwise depopulated realm help illuminate an ambiguous statement about technology in Omit's work.’
      • ‘In English, conjunctions, determiners, interjections, particles, and pronouns are grammatical words.’
      • ‘I am working on a book about the parts of speech - that's right, nouns, verbs, interjections and all the rest.’
      • ‘When it is on its own and used to express an emotion, I chose an equivalent interjection in French: for example, Ça alors!’
      • ‘I laughed at their jokes, acknowledging their comments with interjections of approval.’

Origin

Late Middle English: via Old French from Latin interjectio(n-), from the verb interjicere (see interject).

Pronunciation:

interjection

/ˌin(t)ərˈjekSH(ə)n/