Definition of proverb in English:


Syllabification: pro·verb
Pronunciation: /ˈprävərb


A short pithy saying in general use, stating a general truth or piece of advice.
More example sentences
  • Riddles, proverbs, and sayings that describe proper behavior for both young and old Kenyans are still common.
  • Beware of proverbs: they are a snare and a delusion.
  • To quote a Kannada proverb it is like water off a buffalo's back.
words of wisdom


Middle English: from Old French proverbe, from Latin proverbium, from pro- '(put) forth' + verbum 'word'.

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