adjective, hum·bler, hum·blest.
verb (used with object), hum·bled, hum·bling.
Origin of humble
Synonyms for humble
Antonyms for humble
Related Words for humblesttimid, sheepish, respectful, tentative, simple, self-effacing, soft-spoken, polite, quiet, gentle, modest, shy, unpretentious, courteous, ordinary, obscure, unassuming, reserved, retiring, blushing
Examples from the Web for humblest
Contemporary Examples of humblest
She was born into the humblest of Birmingham neighborhoods, to a mother who had been a butcher and a TV-salesman dad.Gillian Wearing: One of Today's 10 Most Important Artists
June 5, 2011
Historical Examples of humblest
A man likes to have the approval of even the humblest of his fellow-creatures.In the Midst of Alarms
They would take off their hats, and make the humblest bows you ever saw.The Miraculous Pitcher
The humblest may see a way of improvement in their betters, and obey the command, "Follow me."Albert Durer
T. Sturge Moore
Occasionally, the brave and gentle character may be found under the humblest garb.Self-Help
Only he had set her on high, where even the humblest woman longs to be set by some one.A Spirit in Prison
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).