Definitions of verbal

  1. A noun derived from a verb.
  2. A part of speech, a noun derived from a verb.
  4. ( archaic) " you put me to forget a lady's manners by being so verbal"- Shakespeare
  5. relating to or having facility in the use of words; " a good poet is a verbal artist"; " a merely verbal writer who sacrifices content to sound"; " verbal aptitude"
  6. expressed in spoken words; " a verbal contract"
  7. of or relating to or formed from a verb; " verbal adjectives like ` running' in ` hot and cold running water'"
  8. prolix; " you put me to forget a lady's manners by being so verbal"- Shakespeare
  9. Expressed in words, whether spoken or written, but commonly in spoken words; hence, spoken; oral; not written; as, a verbal contract; verbal testimony.
  10. Consisting in, or having to do with, words only; dealing with words rather than with the ideas intended to be conveyed; as, a verbal critic; a verbal change.
  11. Having word answering to word; word for word; literal; as, a verbal translation.
  12. Abounding with words; verbose.
  13. Of or pertaining to a verb; as, a verbal group; derived directly from a verb; as, a verbal noun; used in forming verbs; as, a verbal prefix.
  14. Of or pertaining to words; consisting merely of words; as, his sympathy was only verbal; concerned with words more than with the ideas which they contain; stated or expressed in words, especially spoken words; hence, spoken; not written; word for word; in grammar, pertaining to, or derived from, a verb; verbal noun, a noun made from a verb by adding- ing, and meaning the act or process of doing what is indicated by the verb; as, in the sentence " Seeing is believing," seeing and believing are verbal nouns.
  15. Relating to or consisting in words: spoken ( as opposed to written): exact in words: attending to words only: word for word: derived directly from a verb.
  16. Spoken; literal; relating to words; derived from a verb.
  17. Spoken; not written; oral.
  18. Pertaining to or derived from a verb.
  19. Not written; uttered by the mouth; relating to words only; minutely exact in words; in gram., derived from a verb.