adjective, hum·bler, hum·blest.
verb (used with object), hum·bled, hum·bling.
- humbert i,
- humble pie,
- humble plant,
Origin of humble
Examples from the Web for humble
What matters is being honest, humble, and a faithful and loyal friend, father and member of your community.
They are to face oppression with humble persistence and absolute conviction.
Abramoff said that the governor needed to remember to “be humble.”
His goal of coming across as humble subtracts from his ability to share just exactly how he became so great at such a young age.
They'll take your jobs (never mind that you don't want to do the burdensome and humble jobs they are willing to do)!Ebola, ISIS, the Border: So Much to Fear, So Little Time!|Gene Robinson|November 2, 2014|DAILY BEAST
It was wiser to disguise himself as a humble country boy and gall his feet by carrying all his gold in his boots.English Travellers of the Renaissance|Clare Howard
There was a touch of the lackey about Purvis, and his voice was humble sometimes to the verge of irritation.Peter and Jane|S. (Sarah) Macnaughtan
Nor were the humble resignation and patient faith of his wife less a cause of rejoicing to her.The Orphans of Glen Elder|Margaret Murray Robertson
It was in no sense a fashionable resort, or Maud would never have ventured there in company with her humble adorer.The Bread-winners|John Hay
In all probability most of Zerubbabel's and Ezra's pilgrims had been in humble circumstances.Expositor's Bible: Ezra, Nehemiah, and Esther|Walter Adeney
Word Origin for humble
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.
see eat crow (humble pie).