Oral vs. Verbal - What's the difference?

Wiktionary

  • Oral (adjective)

    Relating to the mouth.

  • Oral (adjective)

    Spoken rather than written.

    "an oral presentation; an oral French exam"

  • Oral (noun)

    A spoken test or examination, particularly in a language class.

  • Oral (noun)

    A physical examination of the mouth.

  • Oral (noun)

    Oral sex.

  • Verbal (adjective)

    Of or relating to words.

    "wordish"

  • Verbal (adjective)

    Concerned with the words, rather than the substance of a text.

  • Verbal (adjective)

    Consisting of words only.

    "non-verbal|substantive"

  • Verbal (adjective)

    Expressly spoken rather than written.

    "a verbal contract"

    "a verbal testimony"

  • Verbal (adjective)

    Derived from, or having the nature of a verb.

    "rhematic"

  • Verbal (adjective)

    Used to form a verb.

  • Verbal (adjective)

    Capable of speech.

    "preverbal"

  • Verbal (adjective)

    Word for word.

    "literal|verbatim"

    "a verbal translation"

  • Verbal (adjective)

    Abounding with words; verbose.

  • Verbal (noun)

    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.

  • Verbal (verb)

    To fabricating a confession.

Oxford Dictionary

  • Oral (adjective)

    spoken rather than written; verbal

    "they had reached an oral agreement"

  • Oral (adjective)

    relating to the transmission of information or literature by word of mouth

    "oral literature"

    "a society with an oral tradition"

  • Oral (adjective)

    (of a society) not having reached the stage of literacy.

  • Oral (adjective)

    relating to the mouth

    "oral hygiene"

  • Oral (adjective)

    done or taken by the mouth

    "oral contraceptives"

  • Oral (adjective)

    (of a speech sound) pronounced by the voice resonating in the mouth, as the vowels in English.

  • Oral (adjective)

    (in Freudian theory) relating to or denoting a stage of infantile psychosexual development in which the mouth is the main source of pleasure and the centre of experience.

  • Oral (noun)

    a spoken examination or test

    "a French oral"

  • Verbal (adjective)

    relating to or in the form of words

    "verbal abuse"

    "the root of the problem is visual rather than verbal"

  • Verbal (adjective)

    spoken rather than written; oral

    "a verbal agreement"

  • Verbal (adjective)

    tending to talk a lot

    "he's very verbal"

  • Verbal (adjective)

    relating to or derived from a verb

    "a verbal adjective"

  • Verbal (noun)

    a word or words functioning as a verb.

  • Verbal (noun)

    a verbal noun.

  • Verbal (noun)

    abuse; insults

    "just a bit of air-wave verbals"

  • Verbal (noun)

    the lyrics of a song or the dialogue of a film

    "it is the responsibility of the directors to do better with the verbals"

  • Verbal (noun)

    a verbal statement containing a damaging admission alleged to have been made to the police, and offered as evidence by the prosecution.

  • Verbal (verb)

    attribute a damaging statement to (a suspect), especially dishonestly.

Webster Dictionary

  • Oral (adjective)

    Uttered by the mouth, or in words; spoken, not written; verbal; as, oral traditions; oral testimony; oral law.

  • Oral (adjective)

    Of or pertaining to the mouth; surrounding or lining the mouth; as, the oral cavity; oral cilia or cirri.

  • Verbal (adjective)

    Expressed in words, whether spoken or written, but commonly in spoken words; hence, spoken; oral; not written; as, a verbal contract; verbal testimony.

  • Verbal (adjective)

    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.

  • Verbal (adjective)

    Having word answering to word; word for word; literal; as, a verbal translation.

  • Verbal (adjective)

    Abounding with words; verbose.

  • Verbal (adjective)

    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.

  • Verbal (noun)

    A noun derived from a verb.

Princeton's WordNet

  • Oral (noun)

    an examination conducted by word of mouth

  • Oral (adjective)

    using speech rather than writing;

    "an oral tradition"

    "an oral agreement"

  • Oral (adjective)

    of or relating to or affecting or for use in the mouth;

    "oral hygiene"

    "an oral thermometer"

    "an oral vaccine"

  • Oral (adjective)

    of or involving the mouth or mouth region or the surface on which the mouth is located;

    "the oral cavity"

    "the oral mucous membrane"

    "the oral surface of a starfish"

  • Oral (adjective)

    a stage in psychosexual development when the child's interest is concentrated in the mouth; fixation at this stage is said to result in dependence, selfishness, and aggression

  • Verbal (adjective)

    communicated in the form of words;

    "verbal imagery"

    "a verbal protest"

  • Verbal (adjective)

    of or relating to or formed from words in general;

    "verbal ability"

  • Verbal (adjective)

    of or relating to or formed from a verb;

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

  • Verbal (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"

  • Verbal (adjective)

    expressed in spoken words;

    "a verbal contract"

  • Verbal (adjective)

    prolix;

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

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