Meaning of interrobang in English:


Pronunciation /ɪnˈtɛrə(ʊ)baŋ/


  • A non-standard punctuation mark (‽) indicating a question expressed in an exclamatory manner, as in what are you doing‽.

    ‘We hesitated and then mouthed each other's names into the noisy carriage, a huge interrobang hanging over us both.’
    • ‘If you'd like to comment on something I post or have something to add, then just click the little interrobang after a post to leave your remarks.’
    • ‘I bellowed in a state of disbelief and incredulousness, as the use of an interrobang as punctuation so richly indicates.’
    • ‘Punctuation tattoos are nothing new—interrobang, quotation marks, ampersand, and period have been around for a while now.’
    • ‘There are many question marks and even an interrobang or two.’
    • ‘Did you note the interrobang in the title?’
    • ‘Get this guy on your roster before I have to use another interrobang.’
    • ‘Apparently the website doesn't recognize an interrobang.’
    • ‘Now, however, I feel that it is time for the interrobang to stage a dramatic return.’
    • ‘The interrobang's ascent to glory could take some time.’
    • ‘Criminally, some typefaces don't even include the interrobang.’
    • ‘Dropping an interrobang into a forthcoming album title could finally see him using his powers for good.’
    • ‘He'd like to bring the interrobang into common usage.’
    • ‘I should care so much less about baseball and not throw interrobangs around like so much confetti.’


1960s blend of interrogative or interrogation point and bang (sense 4 of the noun).