old wives' tale

noun
Updated on: 25 Feb 2018

Definition of old wives' tale

: an often traditional belief that is not based on fact : superstition

Examples of old wives' tale in a Sentence

  1. Frogs won't give you warts. That's just an old wives' tale.

  2. the old wives' tale about the full moon causing people to act crazy

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First Known Use of old wives' tale

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OLD WIVES' TALE Defined for English Language Learners

old wives' tale

Definition of old wives' tale for English Language Learners

  • : a common belief about something that is not based on facts and that is usually false



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