Interjection | Definition, List of Interjections & Examples 1

Interjection | Definition, List of Interjections & Examples

Interjection in English! Learn the definition, useful list and examples of interjections: Aah, Ahh, Aww,  Bingo, Eh, Eww, Ohwith ESL printable infographics.

Interjection Definition

Interjections are small words that bear no grammatical connection with the sentences in which they are used. They express the emotions or sentiments of the speaker or convey hesitation or protest. They are usually followed by an exclamation mark (or comma).

Since many interjections are mainly written forms of actual sounds that were produced by humans, they are hardly used in academic or scholarly writing, unless they are a part of a direct quote or otherwise.

Ah! Now that’s what I call a good shot! Bravo!

Both Ah and Bravo are interjections used to show the speaker’s admiration in the sentence. There are many different uses for various interjections; the following is a list of the common interjections you may hear around you in daily life

List of Interjections & Examples

Interjection

Interjection Meaning

Interjection Examples

AahExclamation of fearAah! The monster’s got me!
AhhRealization or acceptanceAhh, now I see what you mean.
AwwSomething sweet or cuteAww! Just look at that kitten.
BingoAcknowledge something as rightBingo! That’s exactly what we were looking for!
EhQuestion somethingSo that was all she said, eh?
EwwSomething disgustingEww! That movie was so gory.
HmphTo indicate displeasureHmph. I could do that for half the amount he charged.
OhI see/ I thinkOh, it’s been around a week since I saw her.
OopsMaking a mistakeOops! Sorry I didn’t see those skates there.
OuchExclamation of painOuch, that hurt! Stop pinching me!
ShhAn indication for silenceShh! The show is about to start.
Uh ohShowing dismayUh oh! The teacher’s caught him.
WhewAmazement and/or reliefWhew! I can’t believe we actually finished it all.
WowExpressing surprise or admirationWow! That’s really great news!
Yay/YaayCongratulatory exclamationI can’t believe you’re actually coming here! Yaay!
YeahVariant of ‘yes’Yeah, I’d love some orange juice.
YikesFor fear or concern (not serious)Yikes, my mother’s home!
YippeeExclamation of celebrationYippee! We won, lets head to the bar.

Some interjections are used to stall for time or indicate that the speaker is thinking of something. These interjections are also used when someone doesn’t know what to say. The following is a list of these sounds or words; they are also called Hesitation Devices:

Interjection

Interjection Meaning

Interjection Examples

UhIndicates a pause/ need for more timeWait I know this… uh… is it Ruskin Bond?
HmmThinking/Hesitating about somethingHmm, I’m not sure this colour is the best for this room.
ErNot knowing what to sayI don’t think…er… wait… let me call my boss.
UmPausing or being skepticalNot that I don’t believe you but, um, you say it’s a ghost?

Interjection in English | Interjection Examples Infographics

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