- of, relating to, or used as an adverb.
Origin of adverbial
Examples from the Web for adverbial
The adverbial adjective "needlessly" explains the broad distinction.Shoulder-Straps
The adverbial sense to be wholly transferred to the cognate word.The Verbalist
Thomas Embly Osmun, (AKA Alfred Ayres)
It has, perhaps, its origin in the adverbial character of that gender.A Handbook of the English Language
Robert Gordon Latham
When it is used in this manner, it loses its adverbial force.Plain English
Other examples are rare, and I have not found any instance of an adverbial use.Narcissus
- a word or group of words playing the grammatical role of an adverb, such as in the rain in the sentence I'm singing in the rain
- of or relating to an adverb or adverbial
Word Origin and History for adverbial
1610s, "pertaining to adverbs;" earlier it meant "fond of using adverbs" (1590s), from Late Latin adverbialis, from adverbium (see adverb). Related: Adverbially (mid-15c.).