- of, relating to, or characteristic of a proverb: proverbial brevity.
- expressed in a proverb or proverbs: proverbial wisdom.
- of the nature of or resembling a proverb: proverbial sayings.
- having been made the subject of a proverb: the proverbial barn door which is closed too late.
- having become an object of common mention or reference: your proverbial inability to get anywhere on time.
Origin of proverbial
Examples from the Web for proverbial
“They left me holding the 5-pound bag with the proverbial 10 pounds in it,” he says.Dan Malloy Is Progressives’ Dream Governor. So Why Isn’t He Winning?
October 30, 2014
As they once again invade the safety of the prison that the group calls home, Rick is forced to take up the proverbial sword.The Walking Dead’s Luke Skywalker: Rick Grimes Is the Perfect Modern-Day Mythical Hero
October 28, 2014
However, these “potty-mouthed princesses” curse like proverbial sailors to prove a point.Marcel the Shell Returns, Potty-Mouthed Princesses, and More Viral Videos
October 25, 2014
Well, we left off with Bishop on the soccer field, and Kalinda had her proverbial back against the wall.‘The Good Wife’ Star Mike Colter Defends Lemond Bishop’s Killer Instincts
September 29, 2014
But because it had not erupted in recorded history, it missed the proverbial geological radar screen.Cleaning Up From Napa's Winepocalypse
August 30, 2014
His eloquence was proverbial, both in congress, and at home.A Sketch of the Life of Brig. Gen. Francis Marion
William Dobein James
This ought to be apparent even to the proverbial wayfaring man.Understanding the Scriptures
It is proverbial that there are certain things which flesh and blood cannot bear.Life And Adventures Of Martin Chuzzlewit
Indeed it is proverbial that the bad workman never yet had a good tool.Self-Help
The wealth of India was proverbial long before the Christian era.The Railroad Question
- (prenominal) commonly or traditionally referred to, esp as being an example of some peculiarity, characteristic, etc
- of, connected with, embodied in, or resembling a proverb
Word Origin and History for proverbial
early 15c. (implied in proverbially.), from Late Latin proverbialis "pertaining to a proverb," from proverbium (see proverb).