Definitions for proverbˈprɒv ərb
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Random House Webster's College Dictionary
a word that can substitute for a verb or verb phrase, as do in
They never attend meetings, but I do.
Origin of pro-verb:
a short popular saying, usu. of unknown and ancient origin, that expresses effectively some commonplace truth or useful thought; adage; saw.
a person or thing commonly regarded as an embodiment or representation of some quality; byword.
a profound Biblical saying, maxim, or oracular utterance requiring interpretation.
Origin of proverb:
1275–1325; ME proverbe < MF < L prōverbium=prō-pro -1+verb(um)word+-ium -ium1
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
a well-known phrase that teaches a lesson
"Beauty is only skin deep" is a proverb.
A phrase expressing a basic truth which may be applied to common situations.
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
a striking or paradoxical assertion; an obscure saying; an enigma; a parable
a familiar illustration; a subject of contemptuous reference
a drama exemplifying a proverb
to name in, or as, a proverb
to provide with a proverb
to write or utter proverbs
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!'
- مَثَل، قَوْل مأثورArabic
- provérbioPortuguese (BR)
- das SprichwortGerman
- ضرب المثلFarsi
- paruna; sakāmvārdsLatvian
- ضرب المثلPersian
- 諺語，格言Chinese (Trad.)
- کہاوت، ضرب المثلUrdu
- thành ngữVietnamese
- 谚语，格言Chinese (Simp.)
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