proverbial

[ pruh-vur-bee-uhl ]
/ prəˈvɜr bi əl /

adjective

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.

QUIZZES

IS YOUR VOCABULARY AS STRONG AS A HIGH SCHOOL STUDENT? TRY THIS QUIZ TO SEE!

It may seem like fun and games but this quiz that uses vocab from popular stories will determine how much you know.
Question 1 of 10
disgruntle

Origin of proverbial

First recorded in 1400–50; late Middle English word from Latin word prōverbiālis.See proverb, -al1

OTHER WORDS FROM proverbial

pro·ver·bi·al·ly, adverbun·pro·ver·bi·al, adjectiveun·pro·ver·bi·al·ly, adverb
Dictionary.com Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2020

Example sentences from the Web for proverbial

British Dictionary definitions for proverbial

proverbial
/ (prəˈvɜːbɪəl) /

adjective

(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

Derived forms of proverbial

proverbially, adverb
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012