Boyd’s Bible Dictionary:

(spoken). A narrative in which inanimate things are personalized (Judg. 9:8-15; 2 Kings 14:9).

Concise Bible Dictionary:

Lit. “a word, a speech.” The English word is not used in the N. T. in the sense in which it is now often employed, signifying a supposed incident to teach some moral truth; but has the sense rather of myths, false stories (as the Greek word was used by later writers), which in one passage are called "profane and old wives' fables" (1 Tim. 1:4; 1 Tim. 4:7; 2 Tim. 4:4; Titus 1:14; 2 Pet. 1:16).