[ad-vur-bee-uh l]


of, relating to, or used as an adverb.


a word or phrase functioning as an adverb.

Origin of adverbial

1605–15; < Latin adverbi(um) adverb + -al1; compare Late Latin adverbiālis
Related formsad·ver·bi·al·ly, adverbnon·ad·ver·bi·al, adjectivenon·ad·ver·bi·al·ly, adverb Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for adverbially

Historical Examples of adverbially

  • But the building itself is ugly—nay, it is adverbially ugly; and no reading of poetry into it will make it otherwise.

    Your United States

    Arnold Bennett

  • I should rather join it adverbially with 'sarvam, all;' that is, 'yours in full trust or confidence: grant me your affection.'

  • Often idque (και τουτο) occurs, the pronoun being then adverbially used, and not in agreement with the subject.

    Cato Maior de Senectute

    Marcus Tullius Cicero

British Dictionary definitions for adverbially



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
Derived Formsadverbially, adverb
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Word Origin and History for adverbially



1610s, "pertaining to adverbs;" earlier it meant "fond of using adverbs" (1590s), from Late Latin adverbialis, from adverbium (see adverb). Related: Adverbially (mid-15c.).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper