of, relating to, or characteristic of conversation: a conversational tone of voice.
able or ready to converse; given to conversation.

Origin of conversational

First recorded in 1770–80; conversation + -al1
Related formscon·ver·sa·tion·al·ly, adverbnon·con·ver·sa·tion·al, adjectivenon·con·ver·sa·tion·al·ly, adverbpre·con·ver·sa·tion·al, adjectiveun·con·ver·sa·tion·al, adjective

Synonym study

1. See colloquial. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for conversationally

Historical Examples of conversationally

  • “Guess you were making for the Pass,” he said conversationally.

  • I will engage them conversationally and ravish them with erect and quivering adjectives.

  • Wearing one's heart on one's sleeve is good for one conversationally.


    Mary Greer Conklin

  • "She has lost her father lately, poor thing," said Margaret, conversationally.

    A True Friend

    Adeline Sergeant

  • "Every time I see a hot pilot work I'm amazed," Paresi said conversationally.

    Breaking Point

    James E. Gunn

British Dictionary definitions for conversationally



of, using, or in the manner of conversation
inclined to or skilled in conversation; conversable
Derived Formsconversationally, adverb
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Word Origin and History for conversationally



1779, from conversation + -al (1).

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