Definitions for proverbˈprɒv ərb

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary


  1. a word that can substitute for a verb or verb phrase, as do in

    They never attend meetings, but I do.

    Category: Grammar

Origin of pro-verb:


prov•erbˈprɒv ərb(n.)

  1. a short popular saying, usu. of unknown and ancient origin, that expresses effectively some commonplace truth or useful thought; adage; saw.

  2. a person or thing commonly regarded as an embodiment or representation of some quality; byword.

  3. a profound Biblical saying, maxim, or oracular utterance requiring interpretation.

    Category: Bible

Origin of proverb:

1275–1325; ME proverbe < MF < L prōverbium=prō-pro -1+verb(um)word+-ium -ium1

Princeton's WordNet

  1. proverb, adage, saw, byword(noun)

    a condensed but memorable saying embodying some important fact of experience that is taken as true by many people

Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary

  1. proverb(noun)ˈprɒv ərb

    a well-known phrase that teaches a lesson

    "Beauty is only skin deep" is a proverb.


  1. proverb(Noun)

    A phrase expressing a basic truth which may be applied to common situations.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Proverb(noun)

    an old and common saying; a phrase which is often repeated; especially, a sentence which briefly and forcibly expresses some practical truth, or the result of experience and observation; a maxim; a saw; an adage

  2. Proverb(noun)

    a striking or paradoxical assertion; an obscure saying; an enigma; a parable

  3. Proverb(noun)

    a familiar illustration; a subject of contemptuous reference

  4. Proverb(noun)

    a drama exemplifying a proverb

  5. Proverb(verb)

    to name in, or as, a proverb

  6. Proverb(verb)

    to provide with a proverb

  7. Proverb(verb)

    to write or utter proverbs


  1. Proverb

    A proverb is a simple and concrete saying, popularly known and repeated, that expresses a truth based on common sense or the practical experience of humanity. They are often metaphorical. A proverb that describes a basic rule of conduct may also be known as a maxim. Proverbs are often borrowed from similar languages and cultures, and sometimes come down to the present through more than one language. Both the Bible and medieval Latin have played a considerable role in distributing proverbs across Europe, although almost every culture has examples of its own.

Translations for proverb

Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary


a well-known saying that gives good advice or expresses a supposed truth

Two common proverbs are `Many hands make light work' and `Don't count your chickens before they're hatched!'

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