- 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 of proverbOld French proverbe ; from Classical Latin proverbium ; from pro-, pro- + verbum, word: see verb
Origin of proverbME prouerben
- A short pithy saying in frequent and widespread use that expresses a basic truth or practical precept.
- Proverbs (used with a sing. verb) See Table at Bible.
Origin of proverbMiddle English proverbe, from Old French, from Latin prōverbium : prō-, forth; see pro–1 + verbum, word; see wer-5 in Indo-European roots.
(third-person singular simple present proverbs, present participle proverbing, simple past and past participle proverbed)
- To write or utter proverbs.
- To name in, or as, a proverb.
- To provide with a proverb.
Part or all of this entry has been imported from the 1913 edition of Webster's Dictionary, which is now free of copyright and hence in the public domain. The imported definitions may be significantly out of date, and any more recent senses may be completely missing.
From Latin proverbium.