He has insisted on living as simply and humbly as a pope can.
But here she is, the most Oscar-nominated actress in history, humbly crediting Cazale for inspiring her career.
Why was I at the Four Seasons, some might ask, when I should be humbly trying to earn more money by writing a blog?
You need—peacefully, humbly, decently—to make them spill your blood.
To any other journalists interested in following up on our mission, I humbly offer one piece of advice.
I humbly gave her what I could and considered myself happy to have shaken hands with a real human being.
And humbly accept such countenance as they choose to bestow?
And I also humbly thanked my Creator, who had saved me from this great and unexpected danger.
He came back with no flourish of trumpets, but quietly, humbly.
Such persons can alone afford to be proud, yet these of all others make the least display and think most humbly of themselves.'
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.