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prov·erb

 (prŏv′ûrb′)
n.
1. A short pithy saying in frequent and widespread use that expresses a basic truth or practical precept.
2. Proverbs(used with a sing. verb) See Table at Bible.

[Middle English proverbe, from Old French, from Latin prōverbium : prō-, forth; see pro-1 + verbum, word; see wer- in Indo-European roots.]

proverb

(ˈprɒvɜːb)
n
1. (Literary & Literary Critical Terms) a short, memorable, and often highly condensed saying embodying, esp with bold imagery, some commonplace fact or experience
2. a person or thing exemplary in respect of a characteristic: Antarctica is a proverb for extreme cold.
3. (Ecclesiastical Terms) ecclesiast a wise saying or admonition providing guidance
vb (tr)
4. to utter or describe (something) in the form of a proverb
5. to make (something) a proverb
[C14: via Old French from Latin prōverbium, from verbum word]

pro′-verb`



n.
a word that can substitute for a verb or verb phrase, as do in They never attend meetings, but I do.
[1905–10]

prov•erb

(ˈprɒv ərb)

n.
1. a short popular saying, usu. of unknown and ancient origin, that expresses effectively some commonplace truth or useful thought; adage; saw.
2. a person or thing commonly regarded as an embodiment or representation of some quality; byword.
3. a profound Biblical saying, maxim, or oracular utterance requiring interpretation.
[1275–1325; Middle English proverbe < Middle French < Latin prōverbium=prō- pro-1 + verb(um) word + -ium -ium1]

proverb


Past participle: proverbed
Gerund: proverbing

Imperative
proverb
proverb
Present
I proverb
you proverb
he/she/it proverbs
we proverb
you proverb
they proverb
Preterite
I proverbed
you proverbed
he/she/it proverbed
we proverbed
you proverbed
they proverbed
Present Continuous
I am proverbing
you are proverbing
he/she/it is proverbing
we are proverbing
you are proverbing
they are proverbing
Present Perfect
I have proverbed
you have proverbed
he/she/it has proverbed
we have proverbed
you have proverbed
they have proverbed
Past Continuous
I was proverbing
you were proverbing
he/she/it was proverbing
we were proverbing
you were proverbing
they were proverbing
Past Perfect
I had proverbed
you had proverbed
he/she/it had proverbed
we had proverbed
you had proverbed
they had proverbed
Future
I will proverb
you will proverb
he/she/it will proverb
we will proverb
you will proverb
they will proverb
Future Perfect
I will have proverbed
you will have proverbed
he/she/it will have proverbed
we will have proverbed
you will have proverbed
they will have proverbed
Future Continuous
I will be proverbing
you will be proverbing
he/she/it will be proverbing
we will be proverbing
you will be proverbing
they will be proverbing
Present Perfect Continuous
I have been proverbing
you have been proverbing
he/she/it has been proverbing
we have been proverbing
you have been proverbing
they have been proverbing
Future Perfect Continuous
I will have been proverbing
you will have been proverbing
he/she/it will have been proverbing
we will have been proverbing
you will have been proverbing
they will have been proverbing
Past Perfect Continuous
I had been proverbing
you had been proverbing
he/she/it had been proverbing
we had been proverbing
you had been proverbing
they had been proverbing
Conditional
I would proverb
you would proverb
he/she/it would proverb
we would proverb
you would proverb
they would proverb
Past Conditional
I would have proverbed
you would have proverbed
he/she/it would have proverbed
we would have proverbed
you would have proverbed
they would have proverbed
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.proverb - a condensed but memorable saying embodying some important fact of experience that is taken as true by many people
locution, saying, expression - a word or phrase that particular people use in particular situations; "pardon the expression"

proverb

noun saying, saw, maxim, gnome, adage, dictum, aphorism, byword, apophthegm the old proverb `where there's a will, there's a way`

proverb

noun
A usually pithy and familiar statement expressing an observation or principle generally accepted as wise or true:
Translations
مَثَلمَثَل، قَوْل مأثور
přísloví
ordsprogtalemåde
vanasõna
sananlaskusanonta
poslovica
közmondás
málsháttur
ことわざ
격언
kaip sakomapatarlėtapęs priežodžiu
parunasakāmvārds
príslovie
pregovor
poslovica
ordspråk
สุภาษิต
tục ngữ

proverb

[ˈprɒvɜːb] Nrefrán m, proverbio m

proverb

[ˈprɒvɜːrb] nproverbe m

proverb

nSprichwort nt; (the Book of) Proverbsdie Sprüche pl

proverb

[ˈprɒvɜːb] nproverbio

proverb

(ˈprovəːb) noun
a well-known saying that gives good advice or expresses a supposed truth. Two common proverbs are `Many hands make light work' and `Don't count your chickens before they're hatched!'
proˈverbial adjective
proˈverbially adverb

proverb

مَثَل přísloví talemåde Sprichwort παροιμία refrán sananlasku proverbe poslovica proverbio ことわざ 격언 gezegde ordspråk przysłowie provérbio пословица ordspråk สุภาษิต atasözü tục ngữ 谚语
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A CAT was looking at a King, as permitted by the proverb.
Well, then, according to the proverb, `Let brother help brother'-- if he fails in any part do you assist him; although I must confess that Glaucon has already said quite enough to lay me in the dust, and take from me the power of helping justice.
Dans le doute, mon cher," he paused, "abstiens-toi"*[2]- he articulated the French proverb deliberately.
Why, Mr Trent,' returned Dick, 'there is a proverb which talks about being merry and wise.
There is also one sort of knowledge proper for a master, another for a slave; the slave's is of the nature of that which was taught by a slave at Syracuse; for he for a stipulated sum instructed the boys in all the business of a household slave, of which there are various sorts to be learnt, as the art of cookery, and other such-like services, of which some are allotted to some, and others to others; some employments being more honourable, others more necessary; according to the proverb, "One slave excels another, one master excels another:" in such-like things the knowledge of a slave consists.
For, after all, I AM a distant kinsman of yours--the seventh drop of water in the pudding, as the proverb has it--yet still a kinsman, and at the present time your nearest relative and protector, seeing that where you had the right to look for help and protection, you found only treachery and insult.
And hence this friendship gave occasion to many sarcastical remarks among the domestics, most of which were either proverbs before, or at least are become so now; and, indeed, the wit of them all may be comprised in that short Latin proverb, "
But if a man mark it well, it is, in praise and commendation of men, as it is in gettings and gains: for the proverb is true, That light gains make heavy purses; for light gains come thick, whereas great, come but now and then.
Remember the old proverb which says: `Stolen money never bears fruit.
In this Spain of ours there is a proverb, to my mind very true- as they all are, being short aphorisms drawn from long practical experience- and the one I refer to says, 'The church, or the sea, or the king's house;' as much as to say, in plainer language, whoever wants to flourish and become rich, let him follow the church, or go to sea, adopting commerce as his calling, or go into the king's service in his household, for they say,
He that writeth in blood and proverbs doth not want to be read, but learnt by heart.
First, it is likely that before the rise of the Ionian epos there existed in Boeotia a purely popular and indigenous poetry of a crude form: it comprised, we may suppose, versified proverbs and precepts relating to life in general, agricultural maxims, weather-lore, and the like.