If your friend tells you that the speech you just made was really verbal, he means you used too many words, overstated the point, went on too long, were redundant.

  • Pronunciation: /ˈvɜː.bəl/ 
  • English description: of or relating to words
  • Synonyms: spoken
  • ORIGIN: Verbal simply means, "having to do with words." If you hit someone that's a physically assault, but if you say nasty things to him, it's a verbal assault. Sometimes we use verbal to mean "spoken instead of written," usually to talk about agreements we've made. A child who is verbal is a child who can speak, and we call someone who's very articulate a verbal person.


  • It can sometimes be difficult to give a verbal description of things like colours and sounds.
  • According to his theory, visual and verbal information are stored separately in our memory; they can be stored as images, words, or both.

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