from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. Of, relating to, or acting as a noun.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Of or pertaining to a noun.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Of or pertaining to a noun; having the character of a noun.


noun +‎ -al (Wiktionary)


  • +Participles+ adjectival as adjective modifiers as attribute complements as mere adjectives as mere nouns as objective complements as prepositions as principal word in a phrase definition of expansion of forms of in independent phrases misuse of modified by _a_ and _the_ modified by a possessive nounal, called _gerunds, infinitives, verbal nouns_ place of punctuation of used in slurring

    Higher Lessons in English A work on english grammar and composition

  • The name _participle_ is as true to its etymology when applied to the nounal use of the verb as when applied to the adjectival use.

    Higher Lessons in English A work on english grammar and composition

  • The nounal force of the participle ba'ey definitely preponderates in this case, as the construct state also indicates (K.S. 241d).

    Exposition of Genesis: Volume 1

  • If you’re Newt Gingrich you mix it up: the nounal form -- secular socialist; the many adjectival variations -- secular-socialist ideology, secular-socialist machine; secular-socialist Left.

    Gingrich's favorite two words

  • The nounal phrase is Smithsonian Institution’s west coast affiliate, and the noun in there is affiliate, so it’s only an affiliate to the SI that is being written about.

    IDiots can't read. - The Panda's Thumb

  • The nounal and the adjectival uses of participial forms we distinguish very sharply.] one sharing the nature of the verb and that of the adjective; the other, the nature of the verb and that of the noun.

    Higher Lessons in English A work on english grammar and composition


Log in or sign up to get involved in the conversation. It's quick and easy.

  • like a bacchanal?

    April 13, 2009

  • I prefer nounation myself.

    August 30, 2007

  • I dunno, but I'm a big fan of the adverb form nounally.

    August 30, 2007

  • Let me say that I've heard nominal a few hundred times, but never nounal. The citation in the dictionary looks like a figure of speech.

    August 29, 2007

  • And spell.

    Here--have an ice cube.

    August 29, 2007

  • No one can, it's nearly impossible to pronounce.

    uselesslethnith... uthleshneshhith... uselessnesshhhishhh??

    August 29, 2007

  • Ah, that's okay. I don't speak uselessnessish either.

    August 29, 2007

  • That might explain it. I don't speak Reesish.

    August 29, 2007

  • Nope. Whole different word. Probably from a different language, even.

    August 29, 2007

  • Don't you mean madeupatory?

    August 29, 2007

  • You're right. I made it up. It's totally madeupical.

    August 29, 2007

  • Nah, that word can't be real.

    August 29, 2007

  • What a great adjective. But how about nominal? ;-P

    August 29, 2007

  • Adjective. Of or pertaining to a noun.

    August 29, 2007