Proverb meaning

prŏvûrb
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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."

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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.

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A phrase expressing a basic truth which may be applied to common situations.
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(archaic) To make a proverb or byword of.
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A short, traditional saying that expresses some obvious truth or familiar experience; adage; maxim.
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A person or thing that has become commonly recognized as a type of specified characteristics; byword.
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To name in, or as, a proverb.
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A striking or paradoxical assertion; an obscure saying; an enigma; a parable.
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(bible) An enigmatic saying in which a profound truth is cloaked.
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To write or utter proverbs.
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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 The imported definitions may be significantly out of date, and any more recent senses may be completely missing.
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A short pithy saying in frequent and widespread use that expresses a basic truth or practical precept.
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A familiar illustration; a subject of contemptuous reference.
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A drama exemplifying a proverb.
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To provide with a proverb.
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Origin of proverb

  • Middle English proverbe from Old French from Latin prōverbium prō- forth pro–1 verbum word wer-5 in Indo-European roots

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From Latin proverbium.

    From Wiktionary