Meaning of VERBAL in English

adj., n., & v.


1. of or concerned with words (made a verbal distinction).

2 oral, not written (gave a verbal statement).

3 Gram. of or in the nature of a verb (verbal inflections).

4 literal (a verbal translation).

5 talkative, articulate.


1. Gram. a a verbal noun. b a word or words functioning as a verb.

2 sl. a verbal statement, esp. one made to the police.

3 sl. an insult; abuse (gave them the verbal). (verballed, verballing) Brit. sl. attribute a damaging statement to (a suspect).

Phrases and idioms:

verbal noun Gram. a noun formed as an inflection of a verb and partly sharing its constructions (e.g. smoking in smoking is forbidden: see -ING(1)).


verbally adv.

Etymology: ME f. F verbal or LL verbalis (as VERB)

Oxford English vocab.      Оксфордский английский словарь.