She was born into the humblest of Birmingham neighborhoods, to a mother who had been a butcher and a TV-salesman dad.
They would take off their hats, and make the humblest bows you ever saw.
It was a little beer‑shop of the humblest kind—and just started.
And yet, powerful and cruel that he was, the humblest Indian could receive a hearing and justice from him.
The obscurest and humblest person has a fair field for competition.
At its best the Jewish Law tended to sanctify every act of life and to bring the humblest obligation into relationship with God.
The humblest shelter, the meanest food—I know what you would say.
Do you imagine I think myself better than the humblest private fighting out there?
And his manner was so simple that he put the humblest at his ease.
Even in these humblest manifestations of life they discover traces of an effective psychological activity.
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.