[huhm-buh l, uhm-] /ˈhʌm bəl, ˈʌm-/
adjective, humbler, humblest.
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.
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), humbled, humbling.
to lower in condition, importance, or dignity; abase.
to destroy the independence, power, or will of.
to make meek:
to humble one’s heart.
conscious of one’s failings
unpretentious; lowly: a humble cottage, my humble opinion
deferential or servile
to cause to become humble; humiliate
to lower in status
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).
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)
noun 1. an inlet of the Pacific Ocean in NW California.
noun 1. . noun 1. a cold Pacific Ocean current flowing N along the coasts of Chile and Peru. /ˈhʌmbəʊlt/ noun 1. a cold ocean current of the S Pacific, flowing north along the coasts of Chile and Peru Also called Peru Current noun 1. another name for the Humboldt Current Humboldt Current (hŭm’bōlt’) A […]
noun 1. a mountain in S Colorado, in the Sangre de Cristo range. 14,064 feet (4290 meters).
/ˈhʌmˌbʌkə/ noun 1. a twin-coil guitar pick-up