Definition for proverbs (2 of 3)
verb (used with object)
Origin of proverb
Definition for proverbs (3 of 3)
Origin of pro-verb
Examples from the Web for proverbs
She hilariously explains Chinese proverbs when someone sneezes off-camera during interviews.Tennis Star Li Na Says Goodbye to the Court…and Puts the Sport’s Rise in Asia in Question|Nicholas McCarvel|September 19, 2014|DAILY BEAST
When you think of proverbs, you picture expressions of ancient wisdom.
He reminded the audience of the words of Proverbs: As iron sharpeneth iron, so a friend sharpens the mind of his friend.
Scripture is real clear in Proverbs 15:1, ‘A gentle answer turns away wrath, but a harsh word stirs up anger.’The GOP Sounds Un-Christian in Condemning Obama’s Quran-Burning Apology|Kirsten Powers|February 28, 2012|DAILY BEAST
Again, in Hazlitt's Proverbs, we find 'To go blow one's flute,' which is taken from an old proverb.Chaucer's Works, Volume 5 (of 7) -- Notes to the Canterbury Tales|Geoffrey Chaucer
He has been speaking to them in symbols, proverbs, parables.The Gospel of St. John|Frederick Denison Maurice
All these proverbs are identical in form: each is expressed in a distich; the apparent exception in xix.The Expositor's Bible: The Book of Proverbs|R. F. Horton
Paine was not misled by the proverbs that wolves had written for sheep.The Works of Robert G. Ingersoll, Vol. 11 (of 12)|Robert G. Ingersoll
The speeches abounded in short sententious utterances, in proverbs, poetic allusions and metaphors borrowed from legends.The Long White Cloud|William Pember Reeves
British Dictionary definitions for proverbs (1 of 2)
British Dictionary definitions for proverbs (2 of 2)
Word Origin for proverb
Word Origin and History for proverbs
c.1300, in boke of Prouerbyys, the Old Testament work, from Old French proverbe (12c.) and directly from Latin proverbium "a common saying, old adage, maxim," literally "words put forward," from pro- "forth" (see pro-) + verbum "word" (see verb). Used generally from late 14c. The Book of Proverbs in Old English was cwidboc, from cwide "speech, saying, proverb, homily," related to cwiddian "to talk, speak, say, discuss;" cwiddung "speech, saying, report."
Culture definitions for proverbs
A brief, memorable saying that expresses a truth or belief, such as “A friend in need is a friend indeed.” (See examples under “Proverbs.”)