Ad·age n. An old saying, which has obtained credit by long use; a proverb.
Letting “I dare not” wait upon “I would,”
Like the poor cat i' the adage. --Shak.
Syn: -- Axiom; maxim; aphorism; proverb; saying; saw; apothegm. See Axiom.
n : a condensed but memorable saying embodying some important
fact of experience that is taken as true by many people
[syn: proverb, saw, byword]