Definitions for proverbialprəˈvɜr bi əl

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. proverbial(adj)

    of or relating to or resembling or expressed in a proverb

    "he kicked the proverbial bucket"; "the proverbial grasshopper"

  2. proverbial(adj)

    widely known and spoken of

    "her proverbial lateness"; "the proverbial absentminded professor"; "your proverbial dizzy blonde"


  1. proverbial(Noun)

    Used to replace a word that might be considered unacceptable in a particular situation, when using a well known phrase.

    I think we should be prepared in case the proverbial hits the fan.

  2. proverbial(Noun)

    The groin or the testicles.

  3. proverbial(Adjective)

    Of, resembling, or expressed as a proverb, clichu00E9, fable, or fairy tale.

  4. proverbial(Adjective)

    Widely known; famous; stereotypical.

    I grew up in a prefab house on Main Street in 1950s suburbia, the second and last child of a proverbial nuclear family.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Proverbial(adj)

    mentioned or comprised in a proverb; used as a proverb; hence, commonly known; as, a proverbial expression; his meanness was proverbial

  2. Proverbial(adj)

    of or pertaining to proverbs; resembling a proverb

  3. Origin: [L. proverbialis: cf. F. proverbial.]

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From our Multilingual Translation Dictionary

  • příslovečnýCzech
  • diarhebolWelsh
  • sprichwörtlichGerman
  • παροιμιώδης, παροιμιακόςGreek
  • tunnettu, kuuluisa, maankuulu, sananlaskumainenFinnish
  • общеизвестный, пресловутыйRussian
  • allmänt kändSwedish

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