Examples of proverb in a sentence
<her grandfather has a proverb for every occasion>
Did You Know?
Proverbs probably appeared with the dawn of language. Sayings such as "A stitch in time saves nine", or "Pride goeth before a fall", or "Least said, soonest mended", or "To everything there is a season" are easily memorized nuggets of wisdom. But the convenient thing about proverbs is that there's often one for every point of view. For every "Look before you leap" there's a "He who hesitates is lost". "A fool and his money are soon parted" can be countered with "To make money you have to spend money". A cynic once observed, "Proverbs are invaluable treasures to dunces with good memories".
Origin and Etymology of proverb
Middle English proverbe, from Anglo-French, from Latin proverbium, from pro- + verbum word — more at word
First Known Use: 14th century
First Known Use of proverb
PROVERB Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of proverb for English Language Learners
: 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
PROVERB Defined for Kids
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.
Seen and Heard
What made you want to look up proverb? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).