adjective (humbler, humblest)
- 1Having or showing a modest or low estimate of one’s importance: I felt very humble when meeting herMore example sentences
- He's so humble and modest; I'm someone who literally brags when he goes to the gym, so it's pretty cool to come across such selflessness.
- Can you be stinking rich and love yourself and be proud of yourself and yet be humble and modest as well?
- These executives and managers are humble, fearless, modest, and willful with endless reserves of energy.
- 1.1(Of an action or thought) offered with or affected by a modest estimate of one’s importance: my humble apologiesMore example sentences
- All this was attended to in a professional and caring manner, whilst offering humble apologies for the state of the equipment they were forced to endure.
- At that point, offer your humble apologies and cancel the message.
- In my humble opinion, a beard can perform double duty as being a source of comfort and enjoyment, as well as looking sharp.
- 2Of low social, administrative, or political rank: she came from a humble, unprivileged backgroundMore example sentences
low-ranking, low, lowly, lower-class, plebeian, proletarian, working-class, undistinguished, poor, mean, ignoble, of low birth, low-born, of low rank; common, commonplace, ordinary, simple, inferior, unimportant, unremarkable, insignificant, inconsequential• informal plebby• archaic baseborn
- He was from a humble social background, raised either in a village or an orphanage.
- These official inscriptions were produced in substantial quantities, in contrast to the small number of inscriptions produced by more humble social groups.
- The party's rise also provided an opportunity for people of humble social origins to enter politics.
- 3(Of a thing) of modest pretensions or dimensions: he built the business empire from humble beginningsMore example sentences
- They then proceeded to torch the humble dwellings of the farm workers, presumably to ensure that they would not try to return to the village.
- Even though my dwelling is both humble and modest I still find the quarterly levy feels like more than I can afford.
- Despite their humble beginnings, they are an internationally recognised and respected organisation.
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- 1Cause (someone) to feel less important or proud: he was humbled by his many ordealsMore example sentences
humiliate, abase, demean, belittle, lower, degrade, debase, bring down, bring low; mortify, shame, put to shame, abash, subdue, chasten, make someone eat humble pie, take down a peg or twoNorth American • informal make someone eat crow
- Experiencing his mercy should humble us, fill us with gratitude, and move us to be merciful toward those around us.
- But we should see it through to the very end, totally humble these people, then build them back up so they may actually give back to civilization.
- I think that sometimes, that is what humbles me most.
- 1.1Decisively defeat (a sporting opponent previously thought to be superior): Wales were humbled at Cardiff Arms Park by RomaniaMore example sentences
defeat, beat, beat hollow, crush, trounce, conquer, vanquish, rout, smash, overwhelm, get the better of, give a drubbing to, bring someone to their knees• informal lick, clobber, hammer, slaughter, murder, massacre, crucify, wipe the floor with, walk all overUS • informal own
- They suffered a shock defeat to Puerto Rico in the opening game before being humbled by eventual winners Argentina in the semi-finals.
- The leaders of the Second Division were humbled to a 94 run defeat at home to Pendle Forest.
- They currently stand proudly atop Group A - but can they humble the hosts to stay there?
- Make a humble apology and accept humiliation: he will have to eat humble pie at training after being sent off for punching[humble pie is from a pun based on umbles 'offal', considered inferior food]More example sentences
- The paper decides to eat humble pie, giving it a front page story and an apology, which seems to be 15 years too late.
- Now, seven years later, we're eating humble pie.
- This Board will not be eating humble pie as he suggested.
one's humble abode
- Used to refer to one’s home with an ironic or humorous show of modesty: how to transform your humble abode into a top totty student bedroom in minutes!More example sentences
- I refer primarily to my humble abode, which is such a disaster that I fear I may come home to find the cats have run away to protest conditions.
- To celebrate a relative's 80th birthday the whole family descended en-masse to our humble abode.
- Currently, we don't even have a TV in my humble abode.
your humble servant
- • archaic or • humorous Used at the end of a letter or as a form of ironic courtesy: your most humble servant, George PorterMore example sentences
- Sponsor me and I'll be your humble servant for 24 hours on July 26th.
- Until next month I remain your humble servant.
- I declare myself to be only your humble servant.
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- She is truly a great lady and she seems to have kept her humility and humbleness with consultants in spite of the millions of dollars generated.
- In all aspects of life, humility and humbleness are admired.
- I feel this humbleness is exactly what Americans need.
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- I will be the first to openly admit where my guilt lies in this matter, and have humbly admitted this to all who have become involved.
- Rather than tearing at each others's throats, therefore, we should humbly admit our limitations.
- I humbly ask that these and 68 similar offences are taken into consideration.
Middle English: from Old French, from Latin humilis 'low, lowly', from humus 'ground'.