List of 60+ Interjections and Exclamations (with Examples)

Learn useful Interjections in English with Meaning and Examples.

What is an Interjection?

An interjection is an exclamatory word (or words) that shows weak, mild, or strong feeling and has no grammatical function in the construction of a sentence.

List of Interjections with Meaning and Examples

Aah

Expressing pleasure

E.g. “Aah, that feels good.”

Expressing realization

E.g. “Aah, now I see what you mean.”

Expressing resignation

E.g. “Aah, I give up!”

Expressing surprise/shock

E.g. “Aah! It’s eating my leg!”

Ah

Expressing pleasure

E.g. Ah, that feels good.”

Expressing realization

E.g. Ah, now I understand.”

Expressing resignation

E.g. Ah well, it can’t be helped.”

Expressing surprise

E.g. Ah! I’ve won!”

Aha

Understanding, triumph

E.g. “Aha! So you took the money!”

Ahem

The sound of clearing one’s throat. Used to get someone’s attention, especially if they don’t know (or apparently forgot) that you’re there.

E.g. “Ahem! Swearing is against office policy.”

Alas

Expressing grief or pity

E.g. “Alas, she’s dead now.”

Argh

Expressing annoyance, anger or frustration

E.g. “Argh, the car won’t start!”

Aw, Aww

Expressing mild disappointment or protest

E.g. “Aw, don’t be like that!”

Shows sentimental approval

E.g. “Aww! Just look at that kitten.”

Feeling sorry or pity for someone

E.g. Aww, that’s so sad, he hasn’t yet learned to ride a bike.”

Bah

Expressing dismissive or annoyed

E.g. “Bah, I never liked him anyways.”

Behold

Expressing attention

E.g. “Behold! The bride comes.”

Bingo

Acknowledge something as right

E.g. “Bingo! That’s exactly what we were looking for!”

List of 60+ Interjections and Exclamations in English

Boo

Expressing disapproval, contempt

E.g. “Boo, get off the stage!”

A noise used to scare people by surprise

E.g. “Boo! Scared you!”

Bravo

Expressing approval

E.g. “Bravo! The trophy is yours.”

Brr

Being cold, shivering

E.g. “Brrr, it’s -20C outside.”

Dear

Expressing pity

E.g. Oh dear! Does it hurt?”

Expressing surprise

E.g. Dear me! That’s a surprise!”

Duh

Expressing annoyance over something stupid or obvious

E.g. “Duh, you didn’t plug it in.”

Eek

Girly scream. Surprised, scared

E.g. “Eeek, a mouse!”

Eh

Asking for repetition

E.g. “It’s hot today.” “Eh?” “I said it’s hot today.”

Expressing enquiry

E.g. “What do you think of that, eh?”

Expressing surprise

E.g. Eh! Really?”

Inviting agreement

E.g. “Let’s go, eh?”

Question something

E.g. So that was all she said, eh?

Er

Expressing hesitation

E.g. “Lima is the capital of…er…Peru.”

Eww

Expressing disgust, dislike

E.g. “Ewww, this apple is rotten.”

Gah

Expressing exasperation and despair

E.g. “Gah, I give up!”

Gee

Expressing surprise, enthusiasm, or just general emphasis

E.g. “Gee, that’s super!”

Grr

Expressing anger, snarling, growling. Often used for dogs and other animals

E.g. “Grrr, I’ll kick his ass!”

Hah

The first syllable of “hahaha”, when something is just a little funny

E.g. “Hah, that’s clever!”

Hmm

Expressing hesitation, doubt or disagreement

E.g. “Hmm, I’m not sure about that.”

Hello, Hullo

Expressing greeting

E.g.Hello John. How are you today?”

Expressing surprise

E.g. Hello! My car’s gone!”

Hey

Calling attention

E.g. Hey! look at that!”

Expressing surprise, joy, etc

E.g. Hey! What a good idea!”

Hi

Expressing greeting

E.g. Hi! What’s new?”

Huh

Mild, indifferent surprise

E.g. “Huh, you were right.”

Humph

A snort, to express dislike, disbelief or annoyance

E.g. “There are kids on my lawn again, humph!”

Hurrah

Generic exclamation of joy

E.g. “Hurrah, we won!”

Meh

Indifference

E.g. “Meh, whatever you think is best.”

Mhm

Agreement, acknowledgement

E.g. “Do you think so too?” “Mhm!”

Muahaha

Evil villain’s triumphant laugh

E.g. “I switched the sugar and the salt! Muahaha!”

Nuh-uh

Childish negation or refusal

E.g. “I hit you!” “Nuh-uh!” “Yuh-uh!” “Nuh-uh!”

Oh

Expressing realization

E.g. “Oh, you wanted sugar, not milk.”

Expressing surprise

E.g. Oh! You’re here!”

Expressing pain

E.g. Oh! I’ve got a toothache.”

Expressing pleading

E.g. Oh, please say ‘yes’!”

Ooh-la-la

An often ironic (or just funny) way indicating that something is fancy or high class

E.g. “A seven layer wedding cake? Ooh-la-la!”

Ooh

Wonder, amazement (ohhh can also mean ahhh)

E.g. “Oooh, it’s shiny!”

Oomph

A grunt made on sudden exertion. Also used as a noun to mean “power” or “energy” (“This song needs more oomph!”)

E.g. “Push on 3.. 1, 2, 3.. oomph!”

Oops

Being surprised at or acknowledging your own mistakes

E.g. “Oops! I did it again!”

Oww

Expressing pain

E.g. “Oww, I hit my thumb!”

Ouch

Exclamation of pain

E.g. “Ouch, that hurt! Stop pinching me!”

Oy

Mainly Jewish: Used to express self-pity, similar to “woe is me!”

E.g. “The bills are billing up. Oy!”

Pew

Used for foul odors

E.g. “Pew, that smells so gross!”

Pff

Expressing unimpressed

E.g. “Pff, I once caught a fish twice that size!”

Phew

Expressing relief

E.g. “I didn’t do my homework, but the teacher didn’t check. Phew!”

Psst

Used to quietly get someone’s attention, often to tell them a secret.

E.g. “Psst. Let’s skip the next class!”

Sheesh

Expressing exasperation, annoyance (corruption of “Jesus”)

E.g. “Sheesh, now he’s drunk again!”

Shh

Used to make someone be quiet

E.g. “Shh, I’m trying to hear what they’re saying!”

Shoo

Used to drive away animals or small children

E.g. “Get out of here! Shoo!”

Tsk-tsk

Expressing disappointment or contempt

E.g. “Tsk-tsk, he is late for work again.”

Uh-hu

Agreement, acknowledgement (easily confused with uh-uh)

E.g. “Do you think so too?” “Uh-hu!”

Uh-oh

Concerned for indications that something will happen

E.g. “Uh-oh, I think the bear is inside the house.”

Uh-uh

Refusal, especially if your mouth is full or if you refuse to open it

E.g. “Eat your spinach!” “Uh-uh!”

Uhh

Indicates a pause in, rather than the end of, a sentence

E.g. “Seven times eight is… uhh… 56.”

Um, Umm

Expressing hesitation

E.g. “85 divided by 5 is…um…17.”

Wee

Used by children when doing something fun, and often ironically by adults when something is fun but childish

E.g. “Weee! Faster!”

Well

Expressing surprise

E.g. Well I never!”

Introducing a remark

E.g. Well, what did he say?”

Whoa

Can be used to suggest caution as in here, and also stereo typically used by marijuana smokers to express dumbfounded amazement (“whoa, look at the colors!”). Originally a sound used to make horses stop.

E.g. “Whoa, take it easy!”

Wow

Impressed, astonished

E.g. “Wow, that’s incredible!”

Yahoo

Generic exclamation of joy

E.g. “Yahoo! We won!”

Yay

All-purpose cheer. Approval, congratulations and triumph

E.g. “Yay! Gilas is in for the Quarterfinals!”

Yeah

Common slang for “yes”, sometimes also used as an interjection.

E.g. “Yeah! She’s going with us tonight!”

Yikes

Fear and alarm.

E.g. “I found out I owed $5000 in back taxes. Yikes!”

Yippee

Exclamation of celebration

E.g. “Yippee! We won, lets head to the bar.”

Yoo-hoo

The often ironic/comical, seductive call of a woman to get someone’s attention

E.g. “Yoo-hoo, buttercup! Come give me a hug!”

Yuh-uh

Childish affirmation often used to counter “nuh-uh!” (not to be confused with yoo-hoo).

E.g. “I hit you!” “Nuh-uh!” “Yuh-uh!” “Nuh-uh!”

Yuck

Disgust, dislike

E.g. “Yuck, I wouldn’t want to touch that!”

Zing

Used (often ironically) to punctuate a punch line or witty comeback.

E.g. “You’re so stupid! You’d trip over a wireless phone!” “Zing!”

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