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Interjection and its Usage with Examples

February 20, 2024

What is Interjection?

An interjection is a part of speech used to express strong emotions or convey short, spontaneous reactions.

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 They stand alone, grammatically independent of the rest of the sentence, and often come with an exclamation mark (!).

Interjection Usage

An interjection is a part of speech that is used to express strong emotions or sudden bursts of feelings such as surprise, joy, excitement, pain, or anger. Interjections are usually words or short phrases that are inserted into a sentence to draw attention to the speaker’s emotional state or to explain a particular point.

image showing a few Interjections to express emotions

Interjections are typically punctuated with exclamation marks and are not grammatically connected to the rest of the sentence. They can occur at the beginning, middle, or end of a sentence and are not essential to the sentence’s meaning.

1.  To express Awe or Amazement

Here are a few Interjection , that are used To express Awe or Amazement:

WowExpresses astonishment
OhIndicates surprise
AhShows wonder or amazement
WhoaExpresses astonishment or disbelief
AmazingExpresses admiration or wonder
IncredibleIndicates disbelief or awe
AstonishingShows surprise or amazement
UnbelievableExpresses disbelief or awe
AstoundingIndicates great surprise or wonder
Mind-blowingExpresses extreme amazement


  • Wow! This painting is incredible.
  • Oh my God! Look at that sunset.
  • Amazing! You can speak five languages?
  • Incredible! How did you do that magic trick?
  • Unbelievable! That athlete just broke a world record.
  • Wow! That sunset is stunning.
  • No way! That building is the tallest one in the city?
  • Holy cow! That concert was the best one I’ve ever attended.
  • Astonishing! I never knew that fact before.
  • Remarkable! You’ve managed to save enough money to buy a house?

2.  To express Frustration

Here are a few Interjection , that are used  To express Frustration:

ArghFrustration or annoyance
DarnMild frustration
BlastStrong frustration
CursesFrustration or anger


  • Ugh! I can’t believe I lost my keys again.
  • Argh! My computer crashed and I lost all my work.
  • Shoot! I missed the bus and now I’m late.
  • Darn it! I forgot my wallet at home.
  • Oh come on! Why won’t this printer work?
  • Seriously?! I have to work overtime again?
  • Agh! I’m so sick of this traffic jam.
  • Geez! Why is this so difficult to understand?
  • Drat! I spilled coffee on my shirt.
  • Oh man! I missed the last train home.

3.  To Express Embarrassment

Here are a few Interjection , that are used To Express Embarrassment:

OopsAcknowledging a mistake
OopsieA more playful “oops”
Oh dearExpressing concern or regret
Uh-ohRecognizing a problem
EepSudden realization of error
AhemDrawing attention to mistake
D’ohFrustration at a mistake
FacepalmPhysical gesture of embarrassment
GulpNervous reaction to a mistake


  • Oops! I didn’t mean to say that out loud.
  • Oh my gosh! I can’t believe I just tripped in front of everyone.
  • Eek! I accidentally sent the wrong email to my boss.
  • Uh oh! I forgot to wear pants to the meeting.
  • Yikes! I just realized my fly was open this whole time.
  • Oh no! I just farted in class.
  • Oy vey! I can’t believe I forgot her name.
  • Oh dear! I spilled red wine on my white shirt.
  • Whoopsie! I accidentally hit “reply all” to a sensitive email.
  • Whoops! I spilled coffee on my shirt.

4.  To grab Attention and indicate Importance

Here are a few Interjection , that are used To grab Attention and indicate Importance:

HeyGetting attention or calling out
ListenUrging someone to pay attention
LookDrawing attention to something
AttentionDirecting focus to something
PsstSecretive attention-getting sound
Excuse mePolite way to get attention
AhemClearing throat to get attention
Watch outWarning of danger or importance
Heads upAlerting someone to pay attention


  • Hey! Listen up, everyone!
  • Psst! I have something confidential to tell you.
  • Attention! This is really important.
  • Excuse me! Can I have your attention for a moment?
  • Listen! This is relevant to all of us.
  • Heads up! You don’t want to miss this.
  • Look! This is something you need to see.
  • Watch out! There’s something you need to be aware of.
  • Just a minute! I have something critical to share.
  • Stop! This is something that can’t wait.

5.    To Express joy or excitement

Here are a few Interjection , that are used To Express joy or excitement:

WowAmazement or excitement
YayCelebration or happiness
HurrayCheer or excitement
Woo-hooExuberant excitement
WheeChildlike delight or excitement
AwesomeAwe and admiration
YeahAgreement or enthusiasm
YippeeJoyful exclamation
BravoApplause or admiration
FantasticGreat excitement or enthusiasm


  • Yay! We’re going to Disneyland!
  • Woo-hoo! I got the job!
  • Awesome! I just won the lottery.
  • Yes! I passed my driving test.
  • Hooray! We scored the winning goal.
  • Exciting! We’re going on a cruise this summer.
  • Oh my gosh! I can’t believe I got VIP tickets to the concert.
  • Amazing! I got accepted into my top-choice college.
  • Fantastic! I just found out I’m getting a promotion.
  • Yahoo! Our team just won the championship.

6.    To express an Agreement

Here are a few Interjection , that are used To express an Agreement:

YesAgreement or affirmation
YeahInformal agreement
YupInformal agreement
Uh-huhCasual agreement
AbsolutelyStrong agreement
DefinitelyStrong agreement
IndeedFormal agreement
AffirmativeFormal agreement
SureAgreement with confidence
AgreedConfirmation of agreement


  • Yeah! Let’s go to the beach this weekend.
  • Absolutely! That’s a great idea.
  • Right on! I totally agree with you.
  • For sure! Let’s get pizza for dinner tonight.
  • I agree! That movie was amazing.
  • Precisely! That’s exactly what I was thinking.
  • You bet! I’m definitely up for some ice cream.
  • Yeah! Let’s go to the beach.”
  • Amen! I couldn’t have said it better myself.
  • Hurray! We won the game.”

7.    Expressing Sadness

Here are a few Interjection , that are used Expressing Sadness:

AlasSorrow or regret
Oh noDisappointment or distress
AhhSigh of sadness
SighExpression of resignation
Boo hooMock crying or self-pity
TskDisapproval or disappointment
WoeDeep sadness or grief
SobsAudible crying
Poor thingSympathy or empathy
How sadAcknowledgment of sadness


  • Oh no! My heart goes out to you.
  • Alas! It’s such a tragedy.
  • Oh dear! I’m so sorry to hear that.
  • Poor thing! That must be so hard.
  • Oh, man! What a bummer.

8.    To express shock or Surprise

Here are a few Interjection , that are used To express shock or Surprise:

WowAmazement or astonishment
Oh myExpresses disbelief or surprise
WhoaSudden surprise or astonishment
Gee whizExpresses astonishment or wonder
Holy cowExpresses intense surprise
Good griefExpresses astonishment or dismay
Oh noExpresses sudden concern or shock
Well, I’ll beIndicates surprise or disbelief
JeepersMild expression of surprise
Goodness meMild surprise or astonishment


  • Oh my goodness! Is that really you?
  • Holy cow! Did you win the lottery?
  • Shut up! That’s the craziest thing I’ve ever heard.
  • No way! You actually passed your driving test?
  • Get out of here! This can’t be real.
  • Oh wow! This is a total surprise.
  • Holy moly! I can’t believe my eyes.
  • Good heavens! How did you manage to do that?
  • Holy smokes! Did you see what just happened?
  • Well, I’ll be darned! This completely caught me off guard.

9.    To express Disgust

Here are a few Interjection , that are used To express Disgust:

EwwDisgust or revulsion
YuckDisgust or distaste
BlehDisgust or disdain
GrossDisgust or repulsion
UghDisgust or aversion
BlarghStrong disgust
GagPhysical reaction to disgust
PukeExtreme disgust or nausea
BarfExtreme disgust or revulsion


  • Ew! That smells terrible.
  • Gross! Did you see what that guy just did?
  • Blech! I can’t stand the taste of that.
  • Yuck! This food is absolutely revolting.
  • Ugh! This place is filthy.
  • Disgusting! How could someone do that?
  • That’s sickening! I feel nauseous just thinking about it.
  • Nasty! I’m not touching that with a ten-foot pole.
  • Revolting! This makes me want to vomit.
  • How repulsive! I can’t believe I even had to witness that.

10. To express pain

Here are some interjections that are used to express pain:

OuchExpression of pain
OwSharp pain
EekSurprise and pain
UghDiscomfort or pain
AhhRelief or distress
YeowSharp pain
AySudden pain
YikesSurprise and pain
GahFrustration and pain


  • Ow! That really hurts!
  • Ouch! Be careful, please!
  • Ahh! Stop, stop, it’s too painful!
  • Ugh! This pain is unbearable.
  • Eek! It hurts so much, I can’t move.

Common Interjection

image showing Common Interjection examples
Positive emotionsAh, bravo, cheers, cool, fantastic, hooray, lovely, oh yeah, sweet, wonderful, yay
Negative emotionsAlas, bummer, damn, darn, ew, heck, oh no, ouch, ugh, yikes
SurpriseAha, gasp, huh, oh my, oops, snap, uh-oh, whoa
AgreementAbsolutely, certainly, indeed, right on, totally, yup
DisagreementAbsolutely not, definitely not, no way, uh-uh, you’re kidding
GreetingHey, hi, hello, howdy, yo
FarewellAdios, bye, ciao, later, peace out, so long
AttentionExcuse me, hey, listen up, psst, yo
Emphatic pauseAh, hmm, um, well
OnomatopoeiaBang, boom, crash, meow, oof, sizzle, thud
FillerLike, literally, you know, uh
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