V2 Vocabulary Building Dictionary



Definition: 1. relating to or used in a proverb; 2. widely known and spoken of

Synonyms: spoken of, widely known, familiar


Tips: The word proverbial is usually used as an intensifier, to note to the listener that you are about to quote a proverb or cliché. Proverbial is also used when referring to something that is widely known or often spoken of.

Usage Examples:

The proverbial key to success in the service industry is to remember that time is money. (widely known, commonly referred to)

His proverbial bad temper is feared by his family. (widely known, familiar)

This isn't such a big deal; it's just a proverbial drop in the bucket. (spoken of, commonly referred to)

It will be as easy as the proverbial shooting fish in a barrell. (widely known, spoken of)

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