List of Interjections for Kids

, Staff Writer
Updated December 3, 2021
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An interjection is an exclamation or sudden expression within a sentence. Common examples include ouch, well and wow! These little words can help you convey the proper emotion. Use a list of interjections for kids to add some expression in your writing.

List of Common English Interjections for Kids

If you want to jazz up your writing with some interjections, check out these words to get you started. Some are examples of onomatopoeia and add sound to your sentence, while others express agreement or disappointment.

  • absolutely - expressing certainty

  • aha - exclaiming a great finding or revelation

  • ahoy - greeting someone, particularly in a nautical context

  • awesome - showing that something is excellent

  • argh - a groan of disapproval

  • bam - a loud, startling sound

  • behold - drawing attention to something

  • bingo - indicating that something is correct

  • boom - a loud sound or bang

  • bravo - commending a good job

  • booyah - expressing excitement

  • cheers - wishing happiness

  • dang - expressing disappointment

  • doh - indicating that something has gone wrong (popularized by Homer Simpson)

  • eek - a frightened sound

  • fiddlesticks - expressing frustration

  • geez - expressing frustration or surprise

  • golly - expressing surprise or worry

  • hallelujah - a happy expression, literally meaning "God be praised"

  • hmm - thinking or pondering about something

  • huh - expression confusion or wonder

  • nah - a casual form of the word "no"

  • oops - indicating an accident

  • splat - the sound of something falling or squishing

  • tut - to express annoyance (more common in British English)

  • whoa - uttering amazement or surprise

  • wow - showing surprise or being impressed

  • yahoo - showing excitement

  • yikes - indicating shock, fear or awkwardness


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Using Interjections in Sentences

It's easy to use interjections to create sentence structure. Not only are there many to choose from, but there are also multiple positions in a sentence where you can place them. You can also vary the punctuation used with interjections to express the proper tone.

Calm Interjections

Use a period or comma after the interjection for a calm tone. For example:

  • Absolutely. I understand what you mean.
  • He finally raised his grade to an A. Hallelujah.
  • Darn, that hurt.
  • I have finished my project — behold.
  • Oops, we missed the turn.
  • Yikes. You shouldn't have said that.

Exclamatory Interjections

When you add an exclamation mark, the interjection expresses a stronger feeling. For example:

  • Absolutely! I understand what you mean.
  • He finally raised his grade to an A. Hallelujah!
  • Darn! That hurt!
  • I have finished my project — behold!
  • Oops! We missed the turn!
  • Yikes! You shouldn't have said that.

Once you see more examples of interjections in sentences, you'll be better equipped to use them in your writing. They're meant to follow a conversational pattern, best used for casual or informal writing.

Yay! More Fun With Interjections

No matter how or where you use them, interjections are an effective way to keep readers engaged. Old-fashioned interjections and modern colloquial interjections are both great additions to a sentence. Excited to use this fun part of speech in your own writing? Test your knowledge with an interjections worksheet.