Etymology
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proverbial (adj.)

"pertaining to or resembling proverbs; mentioned in a proverb," late 15c., from Late Latin proverbialis "pertaining to a proverb," from proverbium (see proverb). Related: Proverbially (early 15c.).

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Definitions of proverbial

proverbial (adj.)
of or relating to or resembling or expressed in a proverb;
he kicked the proverbial bucket
the proverbial grasshopper
proverbial (adj.)
widely known and spoken of;
her proverbial lateness
your proverbial dizzy blonde
the proverbial absentminded professor
From wordnet.princeton.edu