What does interject mean? You’re about to find out!
Quick Vocab Quiz for the word interject
First, before you read the explanation, definition, and discussion of the word interject, try this quick vocab quiz:
interject most nearly means
(A) rest (B) study (C) report (D) disagree (E) insert
Part of Speech: VERB
Pronunciations: IPA: /ɪn.tər.ˈdʒɛkt/ Glossary-style: [ihn-tuhr-JEHKT]
Definition: insert between something else, especially in written or spoken communication (Ex: interject a word of advice).
Example: Rory couldn’t help but interject his opinion when his parents and teacher were discussing his grades in school.
Discussion: interject literally means to throw (the -ject part) between (the inter- part), but it is most often used, at least in modern American usage, to mean to insert words or ideas into an ongoing discourse, discussion, conversation, and the like. So, we interject when we want to correct someone about something they’re saying or when we add some information while they’re talking.
So you might be wondering whether interjecting is the same as interrupting. Well, good question. No, they’re not the same thing. They’re similar, but not the same. Interrupting is ruder and may occur for reasons other than adding information (for example, to express one’s anger).