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umbles

[uhm-buh lz] /ˈʌm bəlz/
plural noun
1.
Origin of umbles
late Middle English
1400-1450
late Middle English word dating back to 1400-50
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Examples from the Web for umble
Historical Examples
  • I see how I am to be the 'umble instrument of crushing error in the Church.

    A Lost Cause Cyril Arthur Edward Ranger Gull
  • It was indeed kind of him, leaving the castle to "come and visit them in their 'umble abode."

    Ask Momma R. S. Surtees
  • I stopped at the umble point of my learning, and says I, ‘Hold hard!’

  • I recollect saying with my own lips that I was much too umble.

  • These foo lines comes from a umble but arty frend to command.

    Springhaven R. D. Blackmore
  • "This is the shop of the 'umble James Cheeseman," he answered, but not with the alacrity of business.

    Springhaven R. D. Blackmore
  • All along you've thought me too umble now, I shouldn't wonder?'

    David Copperfield Charles Dickens
  • I stopped at the umble point of my learning, and says I, "Hold hard!"

    David Copperfield Charles Dickens
  • We umble ones have got eyes, mostly speaking—and we look out of 'em.'

    David Copperfield Charles Dickens
  • But I do wonder that you should lift your hand against a person that you knew to be so umble!'

    David Copperfield Charles Dickens
British Dictionary definitions for umble

umbles

/ˈʌmbəlz/
plural noun
1.
another term for numbles
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for umble

umbles

n.

"edible inner parts of a deer or other animal," c.1400, see humble.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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