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proverb

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noun prov·erb \ˈprä-ˌvərb\

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

Full Definition of proverb

  1. 1 :  a brief popular epigram or maxim :  adage

  2. 2 :  byword 4

Examples of proverb

  1. <her grandfather has a proverb for every occasion>



Origin of proverb

Middle English proverbe, from Anglo-French, from Latin proverbium, from pro- + verbum word — more at word


First Known Use: 14th century


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proverb

verb prov·erb

Definition of proverb

  1. transitive verb
  2. 1 :  to speak of proverbially

  3. 2 obsolete :  to provide with a proverb



14th Century

First Known Use of proverb

14th century


PROVERB Defined for Kids

proverb

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noun prov·erb \ˈprä-ˌvərb\

Definition of proverb

  1. :  a short well-known saying containing a wise thought :  maxim, adage <“Haste makes waste” is a proverb.>



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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