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From Old French proverbe, from Latin proverbium.



proverb ‎(plural proverbs)

  1. A phrase expressing a basic truth which may be applied to common situations.
  2. A striking or paradoxical assertion; an obscure saying; an enigma; a parable.
    • Bible, John xvi. 29
      His disciples said unto him, Lo, now speakest thou plainly, and speakest no proverb.
  3. A familiar illustration; a subject of contemptuous reference.
    • Bible, Deuteronomy xxviii. 37
      Thou shalt become an astonishment, a proverb, and a by word, among all nations.
  4. A drama exemplifying a proverb.


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proverb ‎(third-person singular simple present proverbs, present participle proverbing, simple past and past participle proverbed)

  1. To write or utter proverbs.
  2. To name in, or as, a proverb.
    • 1671, John Milton, Samson Agonistes, lines 203-205:
      Am I not sung and proverbed for a fool / In every street, do they not say, "How well / Are come upon him his deserts?"
  3. To provide with a proverb.
    • Shakespeare
      I am proverbed with a grandsire phrase.

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 The imported definitions may be significantly out of date, and any more recent senses may be completely missing.

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  1. saying (proverb or maxim)

This Romanian entry was created from the translations listed at saying. It may be less reliable than other entries, and may be missing parts of speech or additional senses. Please also see proverb in the Romanian Wiktionary. This notice will be removed when the entry is checked. (more information) July 2010