Definition of numbles in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈnʌmb(ə)lz/
(also umbles)

plural noun

The entrails of an animal, especially a deer, as used for food.
Example sentences
  • Another, archaic, English word for insides, especially those of deer, was ‘umbles’, a term which survives in the expression ‘to eat humble pie’, meaning to be apologetic or submissive.
  • People translate the defunct word ‘umbles’ for the innards of a deer into ‘humble’, as in ‘humble pie’.
  • Such a pie was originally made from umbles (the innards of a deer) and was so recognized until the 19c.


Middle English (denoting the back and loins of a deer): from Old French, from Latin lumbulus, diminutive of lumbus 'loin'.

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Line breaks: num¦bles

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