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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.

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. Jami:

    With regard to a secret divulged and kept concealed, there is an excellent proverb, that the one is an arrow still in our possession, the other is an arrow sent from the bow.

  2. Vikrant Parsai:

    Barking dogs seldom bite, but beware of those dogs that know this proverb.

  3. Ehsan Sehgal:

    Indeed, I am old, but not gold since it is just as a proverb, not as a factual context.

  4. Cicero:

    As the old proverb says "Like readily consorts with like."

  5. Lamentations 325:

    The lord is wonderfully good to those who wait for him and seek him.N.B. From this quote is derived the proverb, Good things come to those who wait.

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