proverbial


pro·ver·bi·al

adjective \prə-ˈvər-bē-əl\

: of, relating to, or resembling a proverb

: commonly spoken of : widely known

Full Definition of PROVERBIAL

1
:  of, relating to, or resembling a proverb
2
:  that has become a proverb or byword :  commonly spoken of <the proverbial smoking gun>
pro·ver·bi·al·ly \-ə-lē\ adverb

Examples of PROVERBIAL

  1. Insanity roamed through her large midwestern tribe, cloistered in proverbial dark closets in gabled houses in areas of the country where no one else lived for miles and miles … —Lynne Tillman, Motion Sickness, 1991

Origin of PROVERBIAL

(see 1proverb)
First Known Use: 1548

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