Meaning of proverbial

pro•ver•bi•al

Pronunciation: (pru-vûr'bē-ul), [key]
— adj.
  1. of, pertaining to, or characteristic of a proverb: proverbial brevity.
  2. expressed in a proverb or proverbs: proverbial wisdom.
  3. of the nature of or resembling a proverb: proverbial sayings.
  4. having been made the subject of a proverb: the proverbial barn door which is closed too late.
  5. having become an object of common mention or reference: your proverbial inability to get anywhere on time.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.
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