1. [syn: Proverbs, Book of Proverbs]
The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:
Proverb \Prov"erb\, n. [OE. proverbe, F. proverbe, from L.
proverbium; pro before, for + verbum a word. See Verb.]
1. An old and common saying; a phrase which is often
repeated; especially, a sentence which briefly and
forcibly expresses some practical truth, or the result of
experience and observation; a maxim; a saw; an adage.
2. A striking or paradoxical assertion; an obscure saying; an
enigma; a parable.
His disciples said unto him, Lo, now speakest thou
plainly, and speakest no proverb. --John xvi.
3. A familiar illustration; a subject of contemptuous
Thou shalt become an astonishment, a proverb, and a
by word, among all nations. --Deut.
4. A drama exemplifying a proverb.
Book of Proverbs, a canonical book of the Old Testament,
containing a great variety of wise maxims.
Syn: Maxim; aphorism; apothegm; adage; saw.
WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006):
Book of Proverbs
n 1: an Old Testament book consisting of proverbs from various
Israeli sages (including Solomon) [syn: Proverbs, Book