|1.||[ adjective ] communicated in the form of words|
"verbal imagery" "a verbal protest"
|2.||[ adjective ] of or relating to or formed from words in general|
|3.||[ adjective ] expressed in spoken words|
"a verbal contract"
|4.||[ adjective ] of or relating to or formed from a verb|
"verbal adjectives like `running' in `hot and cold running water'"
|5.||[ adjective ] 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.||[ adjective ] (archaic) "you put me to forget a lady's manners by being so verbal"- Shakespeare|
|Related terms:||archaism prolix|