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 humbly
And much of it, unlike Pappy, is right there on the shelf, humbly, quietly waiting to be tried.
In his Twitter handle Spencer now humbly refers to himself as an “international thought criminal.”
To any other journalists interested in following up on our mission, I humbly offer one piece of advice.
He has insisted on living as simply and humbly as a pope can.Pope Francis Has Done Penance for His Lapse of Courage in Argentina|Michael Daly|March 19, 2013|DAILY BEAST
But I humbly suggest that there are some matters on which there should not a statute of limitations.Michael Tomasky: Time for Ron Paul to Fully Answer Racism Charges|Michael Tomasky|December 23, 2011|DAILY BEAST
And so showing her handfuls of Gold and Silver, he humbly intreated a Reconciliation betwixt 'em.The Notorious Impostor and Diego Redivivus|Elkanah Settle
I humbly prayed to be allowed to step between you and your uncle's avarice; but you would not.Hatchie, the Guardian Slave; or, The Heiress of Bellevue|Warren T. Ashton
I humbly petition your Majesty to be pleased to order that he be despatched here, so that this so urgent need may be supplied.
He sought to avert his impending fate and humbly implored her forgiveness; but Throigne had not the generosity to save him.Female Warriors, Vol. II (of 2)|Ellen C. Clayton
I can tell you that fellow felt happy, downright happy when he saw how humbly I listened to him.The Shuttle|Frances Hodgson Burnett
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).