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Definitions of proverb

  1. a condensed but memorable saying embodying some important fact of experience that is taken as true by many people Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  2. A striking or paradoxical assertion; an obscure saying; an enigma; a parable. Newage Dictionary DB
  3. A familiar illustration; a subject of contemptuous reference. Newage Dictionary DB
  4. A drama exemplifying a proverb. Newage Dictionary DB
  5. To name in, or as, a proverb. Newage Dictionary DB
  6. To provide with a proverb. Newage Dictionary DB
  7. To write or utter proverbs. Newage Dictionary DB
  8. A short familiar sentence, forcibly expressing a well known truth or moral lesson: a byword:-pl. a book of the Old Testament. The american dictionary of the english language. By Daniel Lyons. Published 1899.
  9. Proverbial. The Clarendon dictionary. By William Hand Browne, Samuel Stehman Haldeman. Published 1894.
  10. Short pithy sentence; by-word; adage. The Clarendon dictionary. By William Hand Browne, Samuel Stehman Haldeman. Published 1894.
  11. A brief, pithy saying; a maxim; byword. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  12. A short sentence expressing a well-known truth, or common fact familiar to experience; a maxim of wisdom; a maxim which is enigmatical; a by-word. Proverbs, a canonieal book of the Old Test, abounding in wise maxims bearing on the conduct of life. Nuttall's Standard dictionary of the English language. By Nuttall, P.Austin. Published 1914.

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Usage examples for proverb

  1. You English have a proverb to the effect that the least said is the soonest mended. – The Red Rat's Daughter by Guy Boothby
  2. A good proverb friends. – Papers from Overlook-House by Casper Almore
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