Definitions for proverbialprəˈvɜr bi əl

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

pro•ver•bi•alprəˈvɜr bi əl(adj.)

  1. of, characteristic of, or resembling a proverb.

  2. expressed in or as if in a proverb.

  3. having become an object of common mention or reference:

    his proverbial wit.

pro•ver′bi•al•ly(adv.)

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"

Wiktionary

  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


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