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Webster 1913 Edition


Interjection

Inˊter-jec′tion

,
Noun.
[L.
interjectio
: cf. F.
interjection
. See
Interject
.]
1.
The act of interjecting or throwing between; also, that which is interjected.
The
interjection
of laughing.
Bacon.
2.
(Gram.)
A word or form of speech thrown in to express emotion or feeling, as O! Alas! Ha ha! Begone! etc. Compare
Exclamation
.
An
interjection
implies a meaning which it would require a whole grammatical sentence to expound, and it may be regarded as the rudiment of such a sentence. But it is a confusion of thought to rank it among the parts of speech.
Earle.
How now!
interjections
? Why, then, some be of laughing, as, ah, ha, he!
Shakespeare

Webster 1828 Edition


Interjection

INTERJEC'TION

,
Noun.
The act of throwing between.
1.
A word in speaking or writing, thrown in between words connected in construction, to express some emotion or passion.
'These were delightful days, but, alas, they are no more.' [See Exclamation.]

Definition 2021


interjection

interjection

English

Noun

interjection (plural interjections)

  1. (grammar) An exclamation or filled pause; a word or phrase with no particular grammatical relation to a sentence, often an expression of emotion.
    • 1988, Andrew Radford, chapter 10, in Transformational grammar: a first course, Cambridge, UK: Cambridge University Press, page 533:
      Some evidence confirming our suspicions that topicalised and dislocated constituents occupy different sentence positions comes from Greenberg (1984). He notes that in colloquial speech the interjection man can occur after dislocated constituents, but not after topicalised constituents: cf.
      (21) (a)      Bill, man, I really hate him (dislocated NP)
      (21) (b)    Bill, man, I really hate (topicalised NP)
  2. An interruption; something interjected

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French

Etymology

From Old French interjection, a borrowing from Latin interiectiō, interiectiōnem.

Pronunciation

Noun

interjection f (plural interjections)

  1. (grammar) interjection

Old French

Etymology

Borrowing from Latin interiectiō, interiectiōnem.

Noun

interjection f (oblique plural interjections, nominative singular interjection, nominative plural interjections)

  1. exclamation

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