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 humbleness
I was immediately drawn in by his lack of pretense and humbleness.
Sandford observed it, and was all humbleness, both in his words and looks, in order to soften him.A Simple Story|Mrs. Inchbald
From his manner it was impossible to imagine irony covert in his humbleness.She Buildeth Her House|Will Comfort
"Thank you," said Leam, with the sweetest little air of humbleness and patience.
The rather she will find her pride in humbleness, and love him again with the same love he has set on her.French Mediaeval Romances from the Lays of Marie de France|Marie de France
Her lack of, well, humbleness as far as all these contributions are concerned.Warren Commission (1 of 26): Hearings Vol. I (of 15)|The President's Commission on the Assassination of President Kennedy
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).