from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • adjective Of the nature of a proverb.
  • adjective Expressed in a proverb.
  • adjective Widely referred to, as if the subject of a proverb; famous.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • 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 the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • adjective Mentioned or comprised in a proverb; used as a proverb; hence, commonly known
  • adjective Of or pertaining to proverbs; resembling a proverb.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • adjective Of, resembling, or expressed as a proverb, cliché, fable, or fairy tale.
  • adjective Widely known; famous; stereotypical.
  • noun euphemistic Used to replace a word that might be considered unacceptable in a particular situation, when using a well known phrase.
  • noun euphemistic The groin or the testicles.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adjective widely known and spoken of
  • adjective of or relating to or resembling or expressed in a proverb


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