What does proverbial mean?

Definitions for proverbial
prəˈvɜr bi əlprover·bial

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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"

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, cliché, 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

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

  2. Proverbial(adj)

    of or pertaining to proverbs; resembling a proverb

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

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How to say proverbial in sign language?

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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:

    Never give up efforts when you fail, because FAIL is truly an acronym for 'First Attempt In Learning'. Never lose hope, because HOPE is an acronym for 'Hold On, Pain Ends'. Successful people are those who never lose Hope, never give up Efforts, and build their Success out of failures. In my view, Successful persons rise from the ashes of their failures like proverbial Phoenix.

  2. Srinivasan Sitaraman:

    Well, I think North Korea almost dared Trump to cancel the summit, and he did North Korea, the North Korean statement yesterday was the proverbial straw that broke the camel's back.

  3. Deodatta V. Shenai-Khatkhate:

    Successful people always rise from the ashes of their failures like proverbial Phoenix. The key to success is not to quit, even in the face of adversity and challenges.

  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. Tim Ash:

    So (a) green light from Trump to Turkey to go ahead and get S400s - or that is now the Turkish view, i would imagine U.S. diplomat and defense department officials are in disbelief - Trump is like the proverbial bull in the China shop.

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