- of or relating to the earliest phase of infantile psychosexual development, lasting from birth to one year of age or longer, during which pleasure is obtained from eating, sucking, and biting.
- of or relating to the sublimation of feelings experienced during the oral stage of childhood: oral anxiety.
- of or relating to gratification by stimulation of the lips or membranes of the mouth, as in sucking, eating, or talking
Origin of oral
Examples from the Web for oral
My doctor put me on oral contraceptives to induce a period, figuring it would help build bone.
Also, when Nelson died and Hugh Morrow did his own oral history project and talked to about 75 Rockefeller associates.
After his mother arrived, the questioning ended, but his oral admissions were admitted into testimony.
The first shot of his face is sort-of a peek-a-boo in between bouts of administering some, um, oral pleasure.‘True Blood’ Star Ryan Kwanten Looks Back on Jason Stackhouse’s Craziest Scenes|Kevin Fallon|June 22, 2014|DAILY BEAST
I often wonder if I should have donated the triage tag to the museum or recorded my oral history for its collections.
There is more or less effort to discredit books as educative tools and to lay emphasis on oral instruction and manual training.A Librarian's Open Shelf|Arthur E. Bostwick
Oral speech, the highest form of the personal manifestation of mind, was also treated with great reverence by the ancients.Pedagogics as a System|Karl Rosenkranz
It certainly will furnish excellent material for language work, oral or written.American Leaders and Heroes|Wilbur Fisk Gordy
He has however particularly recorded Alfred's fondness for the oral Anglo-Saxon poems and songs.Reliques of Ancient English Poetry, Volume I (of 3)|Thomas Percy
But not for social, not for any oral purposes were these languages essayed.And Even Now|Max Beerbohm
British Dictionary definitions for oral
Word Origin for oral
Word Origin and History for oral
1620s, from Late Latin oralis, from Latin os (genitive oris) "mouth, opening, face, entrance," from PIE *os-/*ous- "mouth" (cf. Sanskrit asan "mouth," asyam "mouth, opening," Avestan ah-, Hittite aish, Middle Irish a "mouth," Old Norse oss "mouth of a river," Old English or "beginning, origin, front"). Psychological meaning "of the mouth as the focus of infantile sexual energy" (e.g. oral fixation) is from 1910. The sexual sense is first recorded 1948, in Kinsey. As a noun, "oral examination," attested from 1876. Related: Orally (c.1600); orality.