List of 60+ Interjections and Exclamations (with Examples)

Learn useful Interjections in English with Meaning and Examples.

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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’s great!”

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, this coffee is good.”

Expressing realization

E.g. Ah, now I understand.”

Expressing resignation

E.g. Ah!Well, I’ll have to come back tomorrow.”

Expressing surprise

E.g. Ah! There you are!”

Aha

Understanding, triumph

E.g. “Aha! So you planned all this, did you?”

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! Can I make a suggestion?”

Alas

Expressing grief or pity

E.g. “Alas, my love, I must leave now.”

Argh

Expressing annoyance, anger or frustration

E.g. “Argh, get that cat off the table!”

Aw, Aww

Expressing mild disappointment or protest

E.g. “Aw, come on, Andy!”

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 the one I’ve been looking for.”

List of 60+ Interjections and Exclamations in English

Boo

Expressing disapproval, contempt

E.g. Boo!” they shouted, “Get off!”

A noise used to scare people by surprise

E.g. “I jumped out from the closet and yelled “boo!”

Bravo

Expressing approval

E.g. “Bravo, Rena! You’re right.”

Brr

Being cold, shivering

E.g. “Brrr, it’s cold out there.”

Dear

Expressing pity

E.g. Oh dear! I’ve lost my keys again.”

Expressing surprise

E.g. Dear me! What a mess!”

Duh

Expressing annoyance over something stupid or obvious

E.g. “Duh, you should always lock up your bike.”

Eek

Girly scream. Surprised, scared

E.g. “Eeek, It moved!”

Eh

Asking for repetition

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

Expressing enquiry

E.g. Eh? She’s got how many children?”

Expressing surprise

E.g. “Another new dress, eh!”

Inviting agreement

E.g. “Let’s drink to his memory, eh??”

Question something

E.g. “So you won’t go tomorrow, eh?”

Er

Expressing hesitation

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

Eww

Expressing disgust, dislike

E.g. “Eww, there’s a fly in my lemonade!”

Gah

Expressing exasperation and despair

E.g. “Gah, I can’t do it!”

Gee

Expressing surprise, enthusiasm, or just general emphasis

E.g. “Gee, , what a great idea!”

Grr

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

E.g. “Grrr, I’ll hit your head!”

Hah

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

E.g. “Hah, you are out.”

Hmm

Expressing hesitation, doubt or disagreement

E.g. “Hmm! ! I don’t know much about it.”

Hello, Hullo

Expressing greeting

E.g.Hello, Phoebe. Merry Christmas!”

Expressing surprise

E.g. Hello! My car’s gone!”

Hey

Calling attention

E.g. Hey everybody, listen up!”

Expressing surprise, joy, etc

E.g. Hey, buddy! Is this your car?”

Hi

Expressing greeting

E.g. Hi, Barbara, how are you?”

Huh

Mild, indifferent surprise

E.g. “Huh, you were right.”

Humph

A snort, to express dislike, disbelief or annoyance

E.g. Humph! That makes me so upset! The kitten is so mean!”

Hurrah

Generic exclamation of joy

E.g. “We’ve done it! Hurrah!”

Meh

Indifference

E.g. “Meh, there’s nothing great about it.”

Mhm

Agreement, acknowledgement

E.g. “Do you think so too?” “Mhm!”

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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 kick you!” “Nuh-uh!” “Yuh-uh!” “Nuh-uh!”

Oh

Expressing realization

E.g. “Oh, you scared me.”

Expressing surprise

E.g. Oh, how wonderful!”

Expressing pain

E.g. Oh! I have a terrific headache.”

Expressing pleading

E.g. Oh, please, you must believe me.”

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. “Ooh, what a lovely dress!”

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, you stepped on my foot!”

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. Oy! I left my purse at home.”

Pew

Used for foul odors

E.g. “Pew, this blanket smells a bit fusty.”

Pff

Expressing unimpressed

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

Phew

Expressing relief

E.g. Phew, I’m glad that’s all over”

Psst

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

E.g. “Psst. Let’s get out now before they see us!”

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 can’t hear what he’s saying.”

Shoo

Used to drive away animals or small children

E.g. Shoo, all of you, I’m busy!”

Tsk-tsk

Expressing disappointment or contempt

E.g. “Tsk-tsk, I think you’re wrong about that.”

Uh-hu

Agreement, acknowledgement (easily confused with uh-uh)

E.g. “Can I sit here?” “Uh hu!”

Uh-oh

Concerned for indications that something will happen

E.g. “Uh-oh, I think I just deleted all my work.”

Uh-uh

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

E.g. “Is Paul here yet?” “Uh-uh!”

Uhh

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

E.g. “Six times three is… uhh… 18.”

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, so Steve got the job?”

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! Holy cow! That’s great!”

Yahoo

Generic exclamation of joy

E.g. “Yahoo, we did it!”

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. Yikes, my mother’s home!”

Yippee

Exclamation of celebration

E.g. “No school for five weeks – yippee!”

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 kick you!” “Nuh-uh!” “Yuh-uh!” “Nuh-uh!”

Yuck

Disgust, dislike

E.g. “Yuck! I hate mayonnaise.”

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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