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.
To name in, or as, a proverb.
A striking or paradoxical assertion; an obscure saying; an enigma; a parable.
(bible) An enigmatic saying in which a profound truth is cloaked.
To write or utter proverbs.
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 The imported definitions may be significantly out of date, and any more recent senses may be completely missing.
A short pithy saying in frequent and widespread use that expresses a basic truth or practical precept.
A familiar illustration; a subject of contemptuous reference.