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Meaning of PROVERB

Pronunciation:  'prâvurb

WordNet Dictionary
[n]  a condensed but memorable saying embodying some important fact of experience that is taken as true by many people

PROVERB is a 7 letter word that starts with P.


 Synonyms: adage, byword, saw
 See Also: expression, locution, saying



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
  1. \Prov"erb\, n. [OE. proverbe, F. proverbe, from L.
    proverbium; pro before, for + verbum a word. See {Verb}.]
    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.
       --Chaucer. Bacon.
    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.
    3. A familiar illustration; a subject of contemptuous
             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.
    Syn: Maxim; aphorism; apothegm; adage; saw.
  2. \Prov"erb\, v. t.
    1. To name in, or as, a proverb. [R.]
             Am I not sung and proverbed for a fool ? --Milton.
    2. To provide with a proverb. [R.]
             I am proverbed with a grandsire phrase. --Shak.
  3. \Prov"erb\, v. i.
    To write or utter proverbs. [R.]
Easton Bible Dictionary

a trite maxim; a similitude; a parable. The Hebrew word thus rendered (mashal) has a wide signification. It comes from a root meaning "to be like," "parable." Rendered "proverb" in Isa. 14:4; Hab. 2:6; "dark saying" in Ps. 49:4, Num. 12:8. Ahab's defiant words in answer to the insolent demands of Benhadad, "Let not him that girdeth on his harness boast himself as he that putteth it off," is a well known instance of a proverbial saying (1 Kings 20:11).