- not proud or arrogant; modest: to be humble although successful.
- having a feeling of insignificance, inferiority, subservience, etc.: In the presence of so many world-famous writers I felt very humble.
- low in rank, importance, status, quality, etc.; lowly: of humble origin; a humble home.
- courteously respectful: In my humble opinion you are wrong.
- low in height, level, etc.; small in size: a humble member of the galaxy.
- to lower in condition, importance, or dignity; abase.
- to destroy the independence, power, or will of.
- to make meek: to humble one's heart.
Origin of humble
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Antonyms for humble
Related Words for humblenessdiffidence, demureness, chastity, reticence, quietness, humility, delicacy, innocence, constraint, propriety, inhibition, lowliness, purity, decency, meekness, celibacy, coyness, reserve, discreetness, prudery
Examples from the Web for humbleness
Contemporary Examples of humbleness
I was immediately drawn in by his lack of pretense and humbleness.Can Hollywood's Survivor Do It Again?
May 17, 2010
Historical Examples of humbleness
In all humbleness and awe, you are a dweller of the Silent Places.The Forest
Stewart Edward White
Ay, justice and mercy and humbleness—not paternosters and penances.Dreamers of the Ghetto
A word from her, and the men before him dropped in humbleness to the ground.
They are docile, cleanly, quick-witted, and respectful to humbleness.
So far as humbleness was concerned, there was no lack of that.The Cold Snap
- conscious of one's failings
- unpretentious; lowlya humble cottage; my humble opinion
- deferential or servile
- to cause to become humble; humiliate
- to lower in status
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).