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 Meaning

Interjection Examples

Aah Exclamation of fear Aah! The monster’s got me!
Ahh Realization or acceptance Ahh, now I see what you mean.
Aww Something sweet or cute Aww! Just look at that kitten.
Bingo Acknowledge something as right Bingo! That’s exactly what we were looking for!
Eh Question something So that was all she said, eh?
Eww Something disgusting Eww! That movie was so gory.
Hmph To indicate displeasure Hmph. I could do that for half the amount he charged.
Oh I see/ I think Oh, it’s been around a week since I saw her.
Oops Making a mistake Oops! Sorry I didn’t see those skates there.
Ouch Exclamation of pain Ouch, that hurt! Stop pinching me!
Shh An indication for silence Shh! The show is about to start.
Uh oh Showing dismay Uh oh! The teacher’s caught him.
Whew Amazement and/or relief Whew! I can’t believe we actually finished it all.
Wow Expressing surprise or admiration Wow! That’s really great news!
Yay/Yaay Congratulatory exclamation I can’t believe you’re actually coming here! Yaay!
Yeah Variant of ‘yes’ Yeah, I’d love some orange juice.
Yikes For fear or concern (not serious) Yikes, my mother’s home!
Yippee Exclamation of celebration Yippee! 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 Meaning

Interjection Examples

Uh Indicates a pause/ need for more time Wait I know this… uh… is it Ruskin Bond?
Hmm Thinking/Hesitating about something Hmm, I’m not sure this colour is the best for this room.
Er Not knowing what to say I don’t think…er… wait… let me call my boss.
Um Pausing or being skeptical Not that I don’t believe you but, um, you say it’s a ghost?

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Kathy Keilty
Kathy Keilty
2 years ago

Looking for spelling of interjection meaning don’t do that. Eh-eh?

2 months ago

Well its good for me

2 months ago

itsn awsome

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