What does proverb mean?

Definitions for proverb
ˈprɒv ərbproverb

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. proverb, adage, saw, bywordnoun

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

Wiktionary

  1. proverbnoun

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

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. PROVERBnoun

    Etymology: proverbe, Fr. proverbium, Lat.

    The sum of his whole book of proverbs is an exhortation to the study of this practick wisdom. Decay of Piety.

    It is in praise and commendation of men, as it is in gettings and gains; for the proverb is true, that light gains make heavy purses; for light gains come thick, whereas great come but now and then. Francis Bacon, Essays.

    The Italian proverb says of the Genoese, that they have a sea without fish, land without trees, and men without faith. Addison.

    Thou hast delivered us for a spoil, and a proverb of reproach. Tob. iii. 4.

  2. To Proverbverb

    Not a good word.

    Etymology: from the noun.

    Am I not sung and proverb’d for a fool
    In ev’ry street; do they not say, how well
    Are come upon him his deserts? John Milton, Agonistes.

    Let wantons, light of heart,
    Tickle the senseless rushes with their heels:
    For I am proverb’d with a grandsire phrase;
    I’ll be a candle-holder and look on. William Shakespeare.

Wikipedia

  1. Proverb

    A proverb (from Latin: proverbium) is a simple and insightful, traditional saying that expresses a perceived truth based on common sense or experience. Proverbs are often metaphorical and use formulaic language. A proverbial phrase or a proverbial expression is a type of a conventional saying similar to proverbs and transmitted by oral tradition. The difference is that a proverb is a fixed expression, while a proverbial phrase permits alterations to fit the grammar of the context. Collectively, they form a genre of folklore. Some proverbs exist in more than one language because people borrow them from languages and cultures with which they are in contact. In the West, the Bible (including, but not limited to the Book of Proverbs) and medieval Latin (aided by the work of Erasmus) have played a considerable role in distributing proverbs. Not all Biblical proverbs, however, were distributed to the same extent: one scholar has gathered evidence to show that cultures in which the Bible is the major spiritual book contain "between three hundred and five hundred proverbs that stem from the Bible," whereas another shows that, of the 106 most common and widespread proverbs across Europe, 11 are from the Bible. However, almost every culture has its own unique proverbs.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Proverbnoun

    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. Proverbnoun

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

  3. Proverbnoun

    a familiar illustration; a subject of contemptuous reference

  4. Proverbnoun

    a drama exemplifying a proverb

  5. Proverbverb

    to name in, or as, a proverb

  6. Proverbverb

    to provide with a proverb

  7. Proverbverb

    to write or utter proverbs

Freebase

  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.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Proverb

    prov′ėrb, n. a short familiar sentence expressing a well-known truth or moral lesson: a byword: (B.) a difficult saying that requires explanation: (pl.) a book of the Old Testament: a dramatic composition in which a proverb gives name and character to the plot.—v.t. to speak of proverbially: make a byword of: to provide with a proverb.—adj. Prover′bial, like or pertaining to proverbs: widely spoken of.—v.t. Prover′bialise, to turn into a proverb.—ns. Prover′bialism, a saying in the form of, or like, a proverb; Prover′bialist.—adv. Prover′bially. [Fr. proverbe—L. proverbiumpro, publicly, verbum, a word.]

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Numerology

  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of proverb in Chaldean Numerology is: 5

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of proverb in Pythagorean Numerology is: 6

Examples of proverb in a Sentence

  1. The Donald:

    Then Ben Carson recited a biblical proverb about humility. I ’m just surprised that Ben Carson did n’t talk about Ben Carson own faith and make the comparison implicit. The Donald, as is The Donald wont, went into counterpunching mode. If you look at The Donald past, which I've done, Ben Carson wasn't a big man of faith.

  2. Proverb:

    Fools repeat the proverb

  3. Patrick Marsh:

    To paraphrase a Danish proverb, it's dangerous to make seasonal tornado predictions, especially about the future.

  4. Calvin Coolidge:

    Nothing in the world will take away persistence. Talent will not; nothing is more common than an unsuccessful man with talent. Genius will not; unrewarded genius is almost a proverb. Education will not; the world is full of educated derelicts. Persistence and determination alone are omnipotent.

  5. Japanese Proverb:

    Proverb : Fall seven times and stand up eight Meaning :When life knocks you down, stand back up;

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