What does proverbial mean?

Definitions for proverbialprəˈvɜr bi əl

Here are all the possible meanings and translations of the word proverbial.

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"


  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

  3. Origin: [L. proverbialis: cf. F. proverbial.]


  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

Sample Sentences & Example Usage

  1. Nazareno Paolocci:

    BDNF deficiency may not cause full-blown disease, but it could be the proverbial straw that leads to a 'broken heart,'.

  2. 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.

  3. 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.

  4. 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.

  5. Anuj Somany:

    The reason why the proverbial principles of three wise monkeys fell flat and did not find any acceptance in the world because the people were preached to treat themselves as monkeys.

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