Humblest



[huhm-buh l, uhm-] /ˈhʌm bəl, ˈʌm-/

adjective, humbler, humblest.
1.
not proud or arrogant; modest:
to be humble although successful.
2.
having a feeling of insignificance, inferiority, subservience, etc.:
In the presence of so many world-famous writers I felt very humble.
3.
low in rank, importance, status, quality, etc.; lowly:
of humble origin; a humble home.
4.
courteously respectful:
In my humble opinion you are wrong.
5.
low in height, level, etc.; small in size:
a humble member of the galaxy.
verb (used with object), humbled, humbling.
6.
to lower in condition, importance, or dignity; abase.
7.
to destroy the independence, power, or will of.
8.
to make meek:
to humble one’s heart.
/ˈhʌmbəl/
adjective
1.
conscious of one’s failings
2.
unpretentious; lowly: a humble cottage, my humble opinion
3.
deferential or servile
verb (transitive)
4.
to cause to become humble; humiliate
5.
to lower in status
adj.

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).

v.

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)

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