Simple Definition of proverb
: a brief popular saying (such as “Too many cooks spoil the broth”) that gives advice about how people should live or that expresses a belief that is generally thought to be true
Examples of proverb in a sentence
<her grandfather has a proverb for every occasion>
Origin and Etymology of proverb
Middle English proverbe, from Anglo-French, from Latin proverbium, from pro- + verbum word — more at word
First Known Use: 14th century
First Known Use of proverb
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Word Root of proverb
The Latin word verbum, meaning “word,” gives us the root verb. Words from the Latin verbum have something to do with words. A verb is a word that shows action. An adverb is a word that modifies a verb, adjective, or other adverb. A proverb, or short saying containing a wise thought, is made up of a few well-chosen words. Anything verbal is made up of spoken words.
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