Definition of verbal in English:
- He gave Rafe a parting thump along with a touch more verbal abuse and left us alone.
- I didn't feel up for more verbal abuse, but I still wondered where he was taking me.
- After protracted verbal sparring followed by hand-to-hand combat, Harry defeats Riddle by stabbing the diary.
- Healthcare providers may need to write ‘exercise prescriptions’ rather than give verbal advice to frail older adults.
- This can be accomplished by employing consistent verbal descriptors in both oral speech and written materials.
- They have extraordinary verbal skills and written skills.
- It is unlikely that such a verb as organize will shift, because of its verbal suffix: no Let's have an organize.
- The past forms of nominal sentences are verbal sentences because of the verb of existence which expresses the past tense.
- Nominal, adjectival, and verbal expressions can, however, be ‘coerced’ into serving a non-prototypical function.
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- But the fact that it's not just verbals now is what worries me.
- With countless hackles raised, justifiably, on a daily basis with regard to the current fiasco, it's time for the verbals to cease.
- Yet abandoning the argument over a few lousy verbals was untenable.
- To most purists, putting a new beat behind Grandmaster Flash's verbals is tantamount to redrawing Manet's Olympia on MS Paint.
- That, though, was merely the prelude to Lennon's verbals.
- It is, in its own small way, a tour de force: his oddball verbals and musical eclecticism do combine in a coherent manner.
verb (verbals, verballing, verballed)[with object] British informal Back to top
- Him verballing other people at a meeting on the other side of the world apparently putting things in the newspaper, for me has zero credibility.
- And when I went forward, I was verballed by Internal Affairs.
- Mr Turnbull may have been caught out, playing to the crowd on Monday night, or he may have been verballed.
It is sometimes said that the true sense of the adjective verbal is ‘of or concerned with words’, whether spoken or written (as in verbal abuse), and that it should not be used to mean ‘spoken rather than written’ (as in a verbal agreement). For this sense, it is said that the adjective oral should be used instead. In practice, however, verbal is well established in this sense and, in certain idiomatic phrases (such as a verbal agreement), cannot be simply replaced by oral.
- Example sentences
- Ross verbally attacked two of the young female LFF workers and both walked away in tears.
- As far as I can remember, the substance of the dream was that I was fighting with him verbally.
- He's not just verbally inventive and witty like Groucho, he's more ambitious and pretentious.