Noun Adage Definition and Examples







A proverb or short statement expressing a general truth.
  1. 'In line with the old adage, things did get worse around here before they got better.'
  2. 'The old adage that more is not necessarily better is certainly the proverbial case here.'
  3. 'But then again, what are sex surveys really for, if not to uphold old adages and reinforce our cultural beliefs, attitudes and concerns when it comes to sex.'
  4. 'Scientists have shown that there is a degree of truth in the old adage that love is blind.'
  5. 'It's an old adage but it's one that the people of Newry and Mourne are ignoring.'
  6. 'So forget the old adages about selling shares if the chief executive's golf handicap is in single digits or if the company has a corporate jet.'
  7. 'Her daughter described her as a warm, fun-loving person who lived by the old adage that hard work never hurt anybody.'
  8. 'This is a book which confirms the adage that truth is stranger than fiction.'
  9. 'The old adage about lies, damn lies and statistics springs to mind.'
  10. 'And Rolf is a fan - if the old adage about imitation being the sincerest form of flattery holds true.'
((n.) An old saying, which has obtained credit by long use; a proverb.)


1. a traditional saying expressing a common experience or observation; proverb.


"There can be adage times."
"There can be adage safeties."
"There can be adage plans."
"There can be adage people."
"There can be adage measures."
"There can be adage horses."
"There can be adage garbages."
"There can be adage exports."
"lies can have adages."
"flights can have adages."
"adages can be in times."
"adages can be at credits."
"adages can be about things."
"adages can be with computers."
"adages can be until nows."
"adages can be per cents."
"adages can be out of sights."
"adages can be out of minds."
"worlds can have adages."
"statistics can have adages."

Mid 16th century: from French, from Latin adagium ‘saying’, based on an early form of aio ‘I say’.

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