Adjective "Verbal" definition and examples



Definitions and examples


Relating to or in the form of words.
  1. 'verbal abuse'
  2. 'He gave Rafe a parting thump along with a touch more verbal abuse and left us alone.'
  3. 'Perhaps indirect rather than direct verbal strategies and nonverbal communication would be preferable in some relationships.'
  4. 'The conversations between the bird beings sound as ‘bird brained’ as the rather mindless verbal dilly-dallying of the humans.'
  5. 'He loves this verbal jousting as a dodge for his academic laziness.'
  6. '‘It's nice to finally see Silsden getting some visible support rather than just verbal support,’ she said.'
  7. 'The highly verbal quality of their construction can prove an insurmountable obstacle to their success as a film.'
  8. 'The Democratic governors who witnessed the verbal assault were likewise restrained in their reaction.'
  9. 'Joan interrupted their verbal jousting by stepping forward and taking the bottle out of Zeke's hand.'
  10. 'Then there are the random moments like that when verbal communication breaks through.'
  11. 'Music may have meaning, but it is an imprecise language, a language of suggestion and imagery rather than verbal description.'
  12. 'SL stated that despite there being no written contract there was a verbal agreement and that would stand up in law.'
  13. 'Healthcare providers may need to write ‘exercise prescriptions’ rather than give verbal advice to frail older adults.'
  14. 'The councillors did reverse themselves on this matter after two written and two verbal submissions from me.'
  15. 'The experimenter wrote verbal protocols down verbatim.'
  16. 'Previous studies by the group have shown that depressed persons making serious suicide attempts have impaired verbal fluency.'
  17. 'Verbal fluency Participants were asked to produce as many grocery items as possible during 60 seconds.'
  18. 'A verbal agreement can hold more weight than, or even entirely supercede, a written one.'
  19. 'Manchester United have reportedly reached a verbal agreement with Barcelona on a fee for the England captain.'
  20. 'She gave a verbal agreement to appear in the 1992 film, Boxing Helena.'
  21. 'We proceeded with the understanding that this verbal agreement would eventually be formalized in writing.'
  22. 'he's very verbal'
Relating to or derived from a verb.
  1. 'Nominal, adjectival, and verbal expressions can, however, be ‘coerced’ into serving a non-prototypical function.'
  2. 'The past forms of nominal sentences are verbal sentences because of the verb of existence which expresses the past tense.'


A word or words functioning as a verb.
    Abuse; insults.
    1. 'Then deep in injury time Kerry were caught off side again, Kerins reacted with verbals to the official, and the referee gave him a red card.'
    2. 'He loves the posturing and the verbals and considers it all part of his job as a member of the entertainment business.'
    3. 'Instead of verbals being directed at the board, though, the chants of ‘Niemi, Niemi’ were merely a tribute to the goalkeeper.'
    4. 'But the fact that it's not just verbals now is what worries me.'
    5. 'With countless hackles raised, justifiably, on a daily basis with regard to the current fiasco, it's time for the verbals to cease.'
    The lyrics of a song or the dialogue of a film.
    1. 'It is, in its own small way, a tour de force: his oddball verbals and musical eclecticism do combine in a coherent manner.'
    2. 'That, though, was merely the prelude to Lennon's verbals.'
    A verbal statement containing a damaging admission alleged to have been made to the police, and offered as evidence by the prosecution.


      Attribute a damaging statement to (a suspect), especially dishonestly.
      1. 'And when I went forward, I was verballed by Internal Affairs.'
      2. 'Mr Turnbull may have been caught out, playing to the crowd on Monday night, or he may have been verballed.'


      1. of or relating to words: verbal ability.

      2. consisting of or in the form of words: verbal imagery.

      3. expressed in spoken words; oral rather than written: verbal communication; verbal agreement.

      4. consisting of or expressed in words (as opposed to actions): a verbal protest.

      5. pertaining to or concerned with words only (as opposed to ideas, facts, or realities): a purely verbal distinction between two concepts.

      6. corresponding word for word; verbatim: a verba

      More examples(as adjective)

      "awards can be verbal."

      "interventions can be verbal."

      "abuses can be verbal."

      "attacks can be verbal."

      "agreements can be verbal."

      More examples++


      Late 15th century (describing a person who deals with words rather than things): from French, or from late Latin verbalis, from verbum ‘word’ (see verb).