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Definitions for proverbial
prəˈvɜr bi əlprover·bial

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. proverbialadjective

    of or relating to or resembling or expressed in a proverb

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

  2. proverbialadjective

    widely known and spoken of

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

Wiktionary

  1. proverbialnoun

    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. proverbialnoun

    The groin or the testicles.

  3. proverbialadjective

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

  4. proverbialadjective

    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. Proverbialadjective

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

    Etymology: [L. proverbialis: cf. F. proverbial.]

  2. Proverbialadjective

    of or pertaining to proverbs; resembling a proverb

    Etymology: [L. proverbialis: cf. F. proverbial.]

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Numerology

  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of proverbial in Chaldean Numerology is: 1

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of proverbial in Pythagorean Numerology is: 1

Examples of proverbial in a Sentence

  1. Deodatta V. Shenai-Khatkhate:

    The Cinderella Story in 21st century is less about fitting into the glass slippers, and more about shattering the proverbial glass ceilings.

  2. Quincy Krosby:

    The anxiety over the Fed meeting has abated for now, with the Fed using that word 'patient', you had the beginning of the proverbial Santa Claus rally.

  3. Matthew Stover:

    It is a truism that when one is a hammer, everything looks like a nail. The glory of art is that it can show this proverbial hammer how everything looks to a screwdriver--and to a plowshare, and to an earthenware pot. If reality is the sum of our perceptions, to acquire more varying points of view is to acquire, literally, more reality.

  4. Chen Forng-Shean:

    Rice gives nourishment to the proverbial belly of the ethnic Chinese people. I used rice (as a medium) to encourage Taiwan's leader, Tsai Ing-wen, hoping that she can take care of the common people, so they don't need to endure hunger, and improve their financial situation.

  5. Norman Douglas:

    What is all wisdom save a collection of platitudes. Take fifty of our current proverbial sayings-- they are so trite, so threadbare. None the less they embody the concentrated experience of the race, and the man who orders his life according to their teachings cannot be far wrong. Has any man ever attained to inner harmony by pondering the experience of others? Not since the world began! He must pass through fire.

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