When someone always uses the same old excuse, over and over again until it becomes old news, this is an example of that person's proverbial excuse.
- of, or having the nature of, a proverb
- expressed in a proverb
- well-known because commonly referred to: the proverbial glamour of Paris
Origin of proverbialMiddle English from Late Latin proverbialis
- Of the nature of a proverb.
- Expressed in a proverb.
- Widely referred to, as if the subject of a proverb; famous.
(comparative more proverbial, superlative most proverbial)
- proverb +"Ž -ial