Proverb

Definition of Proverb

Prov´erb
n.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.
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. 29.
3.A familiar illustration; a subject of contemptuous reference.
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.
v. t.1.To name in, or as, a proverb.
Am I not sung and proverbed for a fool ?
- Milton.
2.To provide with a proverb.
I am proverbed with a grandsire phrase.
- Shak.
v. i.1.To write or utter proverbs.

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