|1.||a person, place, or thing regarded as a perfect or proverbial example of something: their name is a byword for good service|
|2.||an object of scorn or derision|
|3.||a common saying; proverb|
|[Old English bīwyrde; see |
Hebrew _millah_ (Job 30:9), a word or speech, and hence object of talk; Hebrew _mashal_ (Ps. 44:14), a proverb or parable. When it denotes a sharp word of derision, as in Deut. 28:37, 1 Kings 9:7, 2 Chr. 7:20, the Hebrew _sheninah_ is used. In Jer. 24:9 it is rendered "taunt."