old wives' tale

noun

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

First Known Use of old wives' tale

1572


OLD WIVES' TALE Defined for English Language Learners

old wives' tale

noun

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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