- 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 orally
Historical Examples of orally
The art of orally persuading fools that white is the color that it appears to be.The Devil's Dictionary
It is a waste of the student's time to present orally that which can be found in print.College Teaching
They may read the questions silently, answering them orally.Where We Live
Emilie Van Beil Jacobs
To the sound ou he prefixes an e (hard to exemplify otherwise than orally).The Biglow Papers
James Russell Lowell
But who guarantees that we shall have what was orally promised to us?Current History, A Monthly Magazine
New York Times
Word Origin 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.