[ huhm-buhl, uhm- ]
/ ˈhʌm bəl, ˈʌm- /
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adjective, hum·bler, hum·blest.
verb (used with object), hum·bled, hum·bling.
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Origin of humble

First recorded in 1200–50; Middle English (h)umble, from Old French, from Latin humilis “lowly, insignificant, on the ground”; see humus, -ile

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7. Humble, degrade, humiliate suggest lowering or causing to seem lower. To humble is to bring down the pride of another or to reduce him or her to a state of abasement: to humble an arrogant enemy. To degrade is to demote in rank or standing, or to reduce to a low level in dignity: to degrade an officer; to degrade oneself by lying. To humiliate is to make others feel or appear inadequate or unworthy, especially in some public setting: to humiliate a sensitive person.


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How to use humble in a sentence

British Dictionary definitions for humble

/ (ˈhʌmbəl) /

conscious of one's failings
unpretentious; lowlya humble cottage; my humble opinion
deferential or servile
verb (tr)
to cause to become humble; humiliate
to lower in status

Derived forms of humble

Word Origin for humble

C13: from Old French, from Latin humilis low, from humus the ground
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Other Idioms and Phrases with humble


see eat crow (humble pie).

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