Synonyms for byword
- gnomic saying
- standing joke
EXAMPLES FROM THE WEB FOR BYWORD
I've heard him say 'All's well' over and over again; 'twas a kind of byword with him.
We have heard of your good fortune on the seas—how your luck has passed into a byword.
In this respect we are a byword among the peoples of the world.
"Go to beat the Dutch" became a byword which has persisted to this day.
They will hunt him out of the village, they will refuse him food, they will make him a byword, a scorn.
The mistake you made in my name came to be a joke and byword after I went home.
The popular Press had made the newspaper a byword for falsehood.
Her good-nature was a byword, as were her generosity and boyish daring.
In all parts of the country the "Carmen Kiss" became a byword.
Has it not made him, glorious as he is despite of it, a byword in the mouths of every schoolboy?
also by-word, Old English biword "proverb," formed on the model of Latin proverbium or Greek parabole. Meaning "something that has become proverbial" is from 1530s.