O o


    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • UK Pronunciation
    • UK IPA
    • [awr-uh l, ohr-]
    • /ˈɔr əl, ˈoʊr-/
    • /ˈɔː.rəl/
    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • [awr-uh l, ohr-]
    • /ˈɔr əl, ˈoʊr-/

Definitions of oral word

  • adjective oral uttered by the mouth; spoken: oral testimony. 1
  • adjective oral of, using, or transmitted by speech: oral methods of language teaching; oral traditions. 1
  • adjective oral of, relating to, or involving the mouth: the oral cavity. 1
  • adjective oral done, taken, or administered through the mouth: an oral dose of medicine. 1
  • adjective oral Phonetics. articulated with none of the voice issuing through the nose, as the normal English vowels and the consonants b and v. 1
  • adjective oral Psychoanalysis. of or relating to the earliest phase of infantile psychosexual development, lasting from birth to one year of age or longer, during which pleasure is obtained from eating, sucking, and biting. of or relating to the sublimation of feelings experienced during the oral stage of childhood: oral anxiety. of or relating to gratification by stimulation of the lips or membranes of the mouth, as in sucking, eating, or talking. 1

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Origin of oral

First appearance:

before 1615
One of the 41% oldest English words
1615-25; < Latin ōr- (stem of ōs) mouth (cognate with Sanskrit āsya) + -al1

Historical Comparancy

Parts of speech for Oral


oral popularity

A common word. It’s meaning is known to most children of preschool age. About 94% of English native speakers know the meaning and use the word.
Most Europeans know this English word. The frequency of it’s usage is somewhere between "mom" and "screwdriver".

oral usage trend in Literature

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Synonyms for oral

adjective oral

  • spoken — a past participle of speak.
  • verbal — of or relating to words: verbal ability.
  • viva voce — by word of mouth; orally.
  • uttered — to give audible expression to; speak or pronounce: unable to utter her feelings; Words were uttered in my hearing.
  • said — Security Association ID

noun oral

  • finals — pertaining to or coming at the end; last in place, order, or time: the final meeting of the year.
  • blue book — A blue book is an official government report or register of statistics.
  • legwork — work or research involving extensive walking or traveling about, usually away from one's office, as in gathering data for a book, a legal action, etc.
  • test — Zoology. the hard, protective shell or covering of certain invertebrates, as echinoderms or tunicates.
  • comp — Comp is short for compensation.

Antonyms for oral

adjective oral

  • written — a past participle of write.

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