[ huhm-buhl, uhm- ]
/ ˈhʌm bəl, ˈʌm- /

adjective, hum·bler, hum·blest.

verb (used with object), hum·bled, hum·bling.

Nearby words

  1. humash,
  2. humayun,
  3. humber,
  4. humberside,
  5. humbert i,
  6. humble pie,
  7. humble plant,
  8. humblebee,
  9. humblebrag,
  10. humboldt

Origin of humble

1200–50; Middle English (h)umble < Old French < Latin humilis lowly, insignificant, on the ground. See humus, -ile

Related forms

Synonym study

7. Humble, degrade, humiliate suggest lowering or causing to seem lower. To humble is to bring down the pride of another or to reduce him or her 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. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for humbly


/ (ˈhʌmbəl) /


conscious of one's failings
unpretentious; lowlya humble cottage; my humble opinion
deferential or servile

verb (tr)

to cause to become humble; humiliate
to lower in status
Derived Forms

Word Origin for humble

C13: from Old French, from Latin humilis low, from humus the ground

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Word Origin and History for humbly
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Idioms and Phrases with humbly


see eat crow (humble pie).

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