oral

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See also: Oral, orał, and орал

English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

Early 17th century borrowing from Late Latin ōrālis, from ōs (the mouth) +‎ -ālis (-al, adjectival suffix).

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oral (not comparable)

  1. (relational) Relating to the mouth.
    Synonym: (rare) mouthly
    oral hygiene
    oral sex
    1. (pharmacology) Done or taken by the mouth.
    2. (phonetics, of a speech sound) Pronounced by the voice resonating in the mouth, as the vowels in English.
    3. (psychoanalysis, in Freudian theory) Relating to or denoting a stage of infantile psychosexual development during which libidinal gratification is derived from intake (as of food), by sucking, and later by biting.
    4. Of, relating to, or characterized by personality traits of passive dependency and aggressiveness.
  2. (relational) Spoken rather than written.
    Synonyms: spoken, verbal
    Antonym: written
    an oral presentation
    an oral French exam
    1. Relating to the transmission of information or literature by word of mouth.
    2. Using speech or the lips especially in teaching the deaf.
    3. (sociolinguistics, of a society) Not having reached the stage of literacy.

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Noun[edit]

oral (plural orals)

  1. (countable) A spoken test or examination, particularly in a language class.
    We've got our Spanish oral tomorrow.
  2. (countable, usually in the plural) A physical examination of the mouth.
  3. (uncountable, informal) Ellipsis of oral sex..
    I gave my boyfriend oral for the first time on his birthday.
  4. (bodybuilding, countable) Ellipsis of oral steroid..

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Afrikaans[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Dutch overal, from Middle Dutch overal, from Old Dutch overal.

Adverb[edit]

oral

  1. everywhere

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Catalan[edit]

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Adjective[edit]

oral (masculine and feminine plural orals)

  1. oral

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Czech[edit]

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Verb[edit]

oral

  1. masculine singular past participle of orat

French[edit]

Etymology[edit]

Borrowed from Latin ōrālis, from ōs (mouth).

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Adjective[edit]

oral (feminine orale, masculine plural oraux, feminine plural orales)

  1. oral

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Noun[edit]

oral m (plural oraux)

  1. an oral exam, a viva, a viva voce

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German[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Latin os, oris (mouth) + -al.

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Adjective[edit]

oral (strong nominative masculine singular oraler, not comparable)

  1. (relational) mouth; oral

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Further reading[edit]

  • oral” in Duden online
  • oral” in Digitales Wörterbuch der deutschen Sprache

Interlingua[edit]

Adjective[edit]

oral (not comparable)

  1. oral (pertaining to the mouth)

Portuguese[edit]

Etymology[edit]

Learned borrowing from Latin oralis.

Pronunciation[edit]

  • Rhymes: (Portugal) -al, (Brazil) -aw
  • Hyphenation: o‧ral

Adjective[edit]

oral m or f (plural orais, comparable)

  1. oral

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Noun[edit]

oral f (plural orais)

  1. an oral exam

Romanian[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From French oral.

Adjective[edit]

oral m or n (feminine singular orală, masculine plural orali, feminine and neuter plural orale)

  1. oral

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Serbo-Croatian[edit]

Noun[edit]

oral m (Cyrillic spelling орал)

  1. Obsolete spelling of orao

Spanish[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Latin os, oris (mouth) + -al.

Pronunciation[edit]

  • IPA(key): /oˈɾal/, [oˈɾal]

Adjective[edit]

oral (plural orales)

  1. oral

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