[ huhm-buhl, uhm- ]
/ ˈhʌm bəl, ˈʌm- /
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adjective, hum·bler, hum·blest.
not proud or arrogant; modest: Though very successful, she remained humble.
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.
verb (used with object), hum·bled, hum·bling.
to lower in condition, importance, or dignity; abase.
to destroy the independence, power, or will of.
to make meek: to humble one's heart.
OTHER WORDS FOR humble
1 unpretending, unpretentious.
2 deferential, meek.
3 unassuming, plain, common, poor.
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Origin of humble
synonym study for humble
7. Humble, degrade, humiliate suggest lowering or causing to seem lower. To humble is to bring down the pride of another or to reduce them 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.
OTHER WORDS FROM humble
hum·ble·ness, nounhum·bler, nounhum·bly, adverbo·ver·hum·ble, adjective
qua·si-hum·ble, adjectiveun·hum·ble, adjective
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How to use humble in a sentence
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|Blake Gopnik|June 5, 2011|DAILY BEAST
He prided himself on his knowledge of the railway staff, down to the humblest member.
Beauty itself confers a certain air of dignity upon its humblest possessor.The World Before Them|Susanna Moodie
The humblest of unlettered peasants can teach the highest genius something useful.God and my Neighbour|Robert Blatchford
From the councillors down to the humblest settlers all was despondency and discontent.The History of England from the Accession of James II.|Thomas Babington Macaulay
From the chief superintendent to the humblest ouvreuse, the whole staff was under his control.The Nabob|Alphonse Daudet
British Dictionary definitions for humble
/ (ˈhʌmbəl) /
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
Derived forms of humble
humbled, adjectivehumbleness, nounhumbler, nounhumbling, adjective
humblingly, adverbhumbly, adverb
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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