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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.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Proverbialadjective

    Etymology: proverbial, Fr. from proverb.

    In case of excesses, I take the German proverbial cure, by a hair of the same beast, to be the worst in the world; and the best, the monks diet, to eat till you are sick, and fast till you are well again. William Temple, Miscel.

    Despis’d and curs’d Leontius must descend
    Through hissing ages, a proverbial coward. Irene.

    This river’s head being unknown, and drawn to a proverbial obscurity, the opinion thereof became without bounds. Thomas Browne, Vulgar Errours.

    Moral sentences and proverbial speeches are numerous in this poet. Alexander Pope.

Wikipedia

  1. proverbial

    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.

ChatGPT

  1. proverbial

    Proverbial refers to something that is well-known, widely recognized, or commonly referred to because it is often used as an example in proverbs or idiomatic expressions. It can also mean typical or characteristic of a specific thing or person. Essentially, it describes something that is so familiar it has become a reference point or cliché.

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

  2. Proverbialadjective

    of or pertaining to proverbs; resembling a proverb

  3. 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

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    Prince Harry tells Oprah that every time Prince Harry'd be on a flight returning to London, Prince Harry was triggered because of what had happened to Prince Harry growing up there, i found Harry's revelation about being triggered every time Prince Harry was about to touch down in London again so striking. Of course, Prince Harry was born into a family where … as the proverbial ‘ spare ’ one would think that he would have more freedom to be the architect of his destiny than William, whose destiny was set from the day he was born.

  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. Matt Weller:

    Between yield differentials and COVID-driven safe-haven demand, the U.S. dollar has been the proverbial belle of the forex ball this week.

  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. 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.

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