(noun, adjective, verb)


1. communicated in the form of words

- verbal imagery

- a verbal protest

Similar word(s): communicative, communicatory

2. of or relating to or formed from words in general

- verbal ability

3. of or relating to or formed from a verb

- verbal adjectives like `running' in `hot and cold running water'

4. 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

5. expressed in spoken words

- a verbal contract

Similar word(s): spoken

6. prolix

- you put me to forget a lady's manners by being so verbal

Similar word(s): prolix

Sentences with verbal as an adjective:

- a verbal contract; verbal testimony

- a verbal translation


1. (grammar) A verb form which does not function as a predicate, or a word derived from a verb. In English, infinitives, participles and gerunds are verbals.


1. (transitive, Britain, Australia) To induce into fabricating a confession.