- of or relating to words: verbal ability.
- consisting of or in the form of words: verbal imagery.
- expressed in spoken words; oral rather than written: verbal communication; verbal agreement.
- consisting of or expressed in words (as opposed to actions): a verbal protest.
- pertaining to or concerned with words only (as opposed to ideas, facts, or realities): a purely verbal distinction between two concepts.
- corresponding word for word; verbatim: a verbal translation.
- using words: verbal facility.
- based on the use of words (as opposed to other activity): a verbal score in a test; verbal IQ.
- Grammar. a word, particularly a noun or adjective, derived from a verb.
Origin of verbal
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Examples from the Web for verbal
In movies, that language, visual and verbal, has yet to be mastered.Why Can’t Movies Capture Genius?
December 14, 2014
He reiterated the statements “I am not a politician” and “I am not a political advisor” so often that it seemed like a verbal tic.Obamacare Architect: I Wanted to Sound Smart
December 9, 2014
Because of the verbal abuse and death threats coming my way, these women seemed to identify with me.During Advent, Lots of Waiting, But Not Enough Hope
December 7, 2014
The verbal irony in the story would have played well in the first century.The Barabbas Theory of Voting: Bible Story Shows Tough Choices for Midterms
November 2, 2014
There are no verbal crescendos; there is very little emotion and no drama at all.Martin Luther King’s Nobel Speech Is an Often Ignored Masterpiece
October 16, 2014
Callers can leave a verbal message in the phonograph instead of a note.Heroes of the Telegraph
The Crucifixion.marvellous picture by an effort at a verbal account of it.Modern Painters Volume II (of V)
None, sir—I came off at a moment's warning—my message is verbal.The Fall of British Tyranny
But no riot or verbal explosion followed the opening of the door.Cap'n Dan's Daughter
Joseph C. Lincoln
It was wrong to trust any one with a verbal message in the cabinet of a fox.The Eternal City
- of, relating to, or using words, esp as opposed to ideas, etcmerely verbal concessions
- oral rather than writtena verbal agreement
- verbatim; literalan almost verbal copy
- grammar of or relating to verbs or a verb
- grammar another word for verbid
- (plural) slang abuse or invectivenew forms of on-field verbals
- (plural) slang a criminal's admission of guilt on arrest
- slang (of the police) to implicate (someone) in a crime by quoting alleged admission of guilt in court
Word Origin and History for verbal
late 15c., "dealing with words" (especially in contrast to things or realities), from Latin verbalis "consisting of words, relating to verbs," from verbum "word" (see verb). Verbal conditioning is recorded from 1954. Colloquial verbal diarrhea is recorded from 1823.