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 Dictionary entry overview: What does proverbial mean? 

PROVERBIAL (adjective)
  The adjective PROVERBIAL has 2 senses:

1. of or relating to or resembling or expressed in a proverb
2. widely known and spoken of

  Familiarity information: PROVERBIAL used as an adjective is rare.

 Dictionary entry details 

PROVERBIAL (adjective)

Sense 1proverbial [BACK TO TOP]


Of or relating to or resembling or expressed in a proverb

Classified under:

Relational adjectives (pertainyms)

Context examples:

he kicked the proverbial bucket / the proverbial grasshopper


proverb (a condensed but memorable saying embodying some important fact of experience that is taken as true by many people)

Sense 2proverbial [BACK TO TOP]


Widely known and spoken of

Context examples:

her proverbial lateness / the proverbial absentminded professor / your proverbial dizzy blonde


known (apprehended with certainty)

 Learn English with... Proverbs of the week 
"You scratch my back and I'll scratch yours." (English proverb)

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"Don't count your chickens until they've hatched." (Catalan proverb)

"The one you love you punish." (Danish proverb)

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