[ huhm-buhl, uhm- ]
/ ˈhʌm bəl, ˈʌm- /
adjective, hum·bler, hum·blest.
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.
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.
SYNONYMS FOR humble
1 unpretending, unpretentious.
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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 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.
OTHER WORDS FROM humble
hum·ble·ness, nounhum·bler, nounhum·bling·ly, adverbhum·bly, adverb
o·ver·hum·ble, adjectivequa·si-hum·ble, adjectiveself-hum·bling, adjectiveun·hum·ble, adjectiveun·hum·bled, adjective
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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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Idioms and Phrases with humble
see eat crow (humble pie).
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