- not proud or arrogant; modest: to be humble although successful.
- having a feeling of insignificance, inferiority, subservience, etc.: In the presence of so many world-famous writers I felt very humble.
- low in rank, importance, status, quality, etc.; lowly: of humble origin; a humble home.
- courteously respectful: In my humble opinion you are wrong.
- low in height, level, etc.; small in size: a humble member of the galaxy.
- to lower in condition, importance, or dignity; abase.
- to destroy the independence, power, or will of.
- to make meek: to humble one's heart.
Origin of humble
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Examples from the Web for humbler
Someone from a humbler background selling essentially those same voodoo economics will do only marginally better.The GOP’s Inept Autopsy
March 18, 2013
In my own, humbler, opinion, and experience, this is both completely wrong—both factually and morally—and extremely dangerous.Savaging Primitives: Why Jared Diamond’s ‘The World Until Yesterday’ Is Completely Wrong
January 30, 2013
When the economy revives, surviving newspapers, smaller and humbler, will still be a good place to strut goods.The Scrappy Entrepreneurs Who Will Save Media
May 12, 2009
They rile me—that talk about 'people in the humbler walks of life.'The Spenders
Harry Leon Wilson
If they was humbler, and listened and tried to learn, it would be better for them.Tom Sawyer Abroad
Mark Twain (Samuel Clemens)
But the brave Doctor would have been satisfied with humbler game.The Field of Ice
Take a humbler view if you would be acceptable in the Divine sight.The Strolling Saint
Many have climbed the ladder of life with humbler pretensions.A Day's Ride
Charles James Lever
- conscious of one's failings
- unpretentious; lowlya humble cottage; my humble opinion
- deferential or servile
- to cause to become humble; humiliate
- to lower in status
Word Origin and History for humbler
mid-13c., from Old French humble, earlier humele, from Latin humilis "lowly, humble," literally "on the ground," from humus "earth." Senses of "not self-asserting" and "of low birth or rank" were both in Middle English Related: Humbly; humbleness.
Don't be so humble; you're not that great. [Golda Meir]
To eat humble pie (1830) is from umble pie (1640s), pie made from umbles "edible inner parts of an animal" (especially deer), considered a low-class food. The similar sense of similar-sounding words (the "h" of humble was not pronounced then) converged in the pun. Umbles, meanwhile, is Middle English numbles "offal" (with loss of n- through assimilation into preceding article).
late 14c. in the intransitive sense of "to render oneself humble;" late 15c. in the transitive sense of "to lower (someone) in dignity;" see humble (adj.). Related: Humbled; humbling.