proverbial

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English[edit]

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Pronunciation[edit]

  • (UK) IPA(key): /pɹəˈvɜɹb.iː.əl/

Adjective[edit]

proverbial (comparative more proverbial, superlative most proverbial)

  1. Of, resembling, or expressed as a proverb, cliché, fable, or fairy tale.
  2. Widely known; famous; stereotypical.
    I grew up in a prefab house on Main Street in 1950s suburbia, the second and last child of a proverbial nuclear family.

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Noun[edit]

proverbial (plural proverbials)

  1. (euphemistic) Used to replace a word that might be considered unacceptable in a particular situation, when using a well-known phrase.
    I think we should be prepared in case the proverbial hits the fan.
  2. (euphemistic) The groin or the testicles.

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