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proverb

Line breaks: prov|erb
Pronunciation: /ˈprɒvəːb
 
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Definition of proverb in English:

noun

A short, well-known pithy saying, stating a general truth or piece of advice.
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.
Synonyms
saying, adage, saw, maxim, axiom, motto, aphorism, epigram, gnome, dictum, precept;
words of wisdom;
catchphrase, slogan, byword, watchword;
truism, platitude, cliché;
Frenchbon mot

Origin

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

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