noun prov·erb \ˈprä-ˌvərb\

: 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

:  a brief popular epigram or maxim :  adage
:  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



Definition of PROVERB

transitive verb
:  to speak of proverbially
obsolete :  to provide with a proverb

First Known Use of PROVERB

14th century
PROVERB Defined for Kids


noun prov·erb \ˈprä-ˌvərb\

Definition of PROVERB for Kids

:  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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