- 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
Can be confusedoral aural
Examples from the Web for orally
For example, A orally promises to work for B as sales agent for three years.
However, since this is not a screens-down inquiry, I'll give you—orally, at least—the benefit of the doubt.The Galaxy Primes|Edward Elmer Smith
He instructed them orally five hours a day, till they were eager for astronomy, history, and biography.Lives of Poor Boys Who Became Famous|Sarah K. Bolton
He gave me a written statement saying something along the line of what I have said he mentioned to me orally.Warren Commission (5 of 26): Hearings Vol. V (of 15)|The President's Commission on the Assassination of President Kennedy
You may remember that the same cause, as I explained to you orally, prevented my delivering them to you in person.Military Reminiscences of the Civil War V2|Jacob Dolson Cox