Definitions for: Proverb

[n] a condensed but memorable saying embodying some important fact of experience that is taken as true by many people

Webster (1913) Definition: Prov"erb, n. [OE. proverbe, F. proverbe, from L.
proverbium; pro before, for + verbum a word. See Verb.]
1. An old and common saying; a phrase which is often
repeated; especially, a sentence which briefly and
forcibly expresses some practical truth, or the result of
experience and observation; a maxim; a saw; an adage.
--Chaucer. Bacon.

2. A striking or paradoxical assertion; an obscure saying; an
enigma; a parable.

His disciples said unto him, Lo, now speakest thou
plainly, and speakest no proverb. --John xvi.

3. A familiar illustration; a subject of contemptuous

Thou shalt become an astonishment, a proverb, and a
by word, among all nations. --Deut.
xxviii. 37.

4. A drama exemplifying a proverb.

Book of Proverbs, a canonical book of the Old Testament,
containing a great variety of wise maxims.

Syn: Maxim; aphorism; apothegm; adage; saw.

Prov"erb, v. t.
1. To name in, or as, a proverb. [R.]

Am I not sung and proverbed for a fool ? --Milton.

2. To provide with a proverb. [R.]

I am proverbed with a grandsire phrase. --Shak.

Prov"erb, v. i.
To write or utter proverbs. [R.]

Synonyms: adage, byword, saw

See Also: expression, locution, saying

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