- The definition of a proverb is a short saying that is widely used to express an obvious truth.
An example of proverb is "Practice makes perfect."
- Proverbs is a book of the Bible that contains truths or words of wisdom from Solomon and other wise Israelis, or general sayings which are considered wise.
Haste makes waste is an example of a proverb.
- a short, traditional saying that expresses some obvious truth or familiar experience; adage; maxim
- a person or thing that has become commonly recognized as a type of specified characteristics; byword
- Bible an enigmatic saying in which a profound truth is cloaked
Origin: OFr proverbe from Classical Latin proverbium from pro-, pro- plush verbum, word: see verb
Origin: ME prouerben
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- A short pithy saying in frequent and widespread use that expresses a basic truth or practical precept. See Synonyms at saying.
- Proverbs (used with a sing. verb) Abbr. Prov. or Prv or Pr See Table at Bible.
Origin: Middle English proverbe, from Old French, from Latin prōverbium : prō-, forth; see pro-1 + verbum, word; see wer-5 in Indo-European roots.
proverb - Cultural Definition
A brief, memorable saying that expresses a truth or belief, such as “A friend in need is a friend indeed.” (See examples under “Proverbs.”)