from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- adj. Of the nature of a proverb.
- adj. Expressed in a proverb.
- adj. Widely referred to, as if the subject of a proverb; famous.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- adj. Of, resembling, or expressed as a proverb, cliché, fable, or fairy tale.
- adj. Widely known; famous; stereotypical.
- n. Used to replace a word that might be considered unacceptable in a particular situation, when using a well known phrase.
- n. The groin or the testicles.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- adj. Mentioned or comprised in a proverb; used as a proverb; hence, commonly known
- adj. Of or pertaining to proverbs; resembling a proverb.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Pertaining to proverbs; resembling or characteristic of a proverb: as, to express one's self with proverbial brevity.
- Mentioned in a proverb; used or current as a proverb: as, a proverbial saying; hence, commonly spoken of; well-known; notorious.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- adj. widely known and spoken of
- adj. of or relating to or resembling or expressed in a proverb
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I cannot help but wonder if Erikson has it all figured out, or he wanders in proverbial dark a bit himself.
This is often described as the proverbial Dark Night of the Soul.
An interesting article, "Proverbs and prejudice: El Indio in Hispanic proverbial speech" by Shirley L. Arora De Proverbio, Vol. 1, no.
Here he administered for the first time the Sacrament of Penance; here he preached from the pulpit of his panegyrist his first sermon; here he entered upon "that career of zeal and usefulness which made his name proverbial in every family of the parish." ...
Captain Forsyth, Settlement Officer of Nimar, had a very unfavourable opinion of the Bhilalas, whom he described as proverbial for dishonesty in agricultural engagements and worse drunkards than any of the indigenous tribes.
Xanthippe, by whom he had three sons; but her bad temper has rendered her name proverbial for a conjugal scold.
The memory of Coeur de Lion, of the lion-hearted prince, was long dear and glorious to his English subjects; and, at the distance of sixty years, it was celebrated in proverbial sayings by the grandsons of the Turks and Saracens, against whom he had fought: his tremendous name was employed by the Syrian mothers to silence their infants; and if a horse suddenly started from the way, his rider was wont to exclaim, “Dost thou think King Richard is in that bush?”
Why did it take so long before the stock exchange finally had the courage to call the proverbial spade a spade?
I felt relief because the film had rather skillfully named the proverbial elephant (s) in the room, raising issues that many educators find extraordinarily uncomfortable to talk about.
The icing on the proverbial was the final day of the season when we smashed Partick Thistle 7-1, the talismanic Ken Eadie scored four second half goals to clinch the Daily Record Golden Boot, pipping Gordon Dalziel.