- The definition of humble is someone who knows they are not perfect.
An example of humble is a general contractor being honest about not being great at plumbing.
- Humble is defined as to lower the condition or position of someone or something.
An example of humble is telling someone they aren't as good at something as they think they are.
- having or showing a consciousness of one's defects or shortcomings; not proud; not self-assertive; modest
- low in condition, rank, or position; lowly; unpretentious: a humble home
Origin: Middle English from Old French from Classical Latin humilis, low, small, slight, akin to humus, soil, earth: see humus
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adjective hum·bler, hum·blest
- Marked by meekness or modesty in behavior, attitude, or spirit; not arrogant or prideful.
- Showing deferential or submissive respect: a humble apology.
- Low in rank, quality, or station; unpretentious or lowly: a humble cottage.
- To curtail or destroy the pride of; humiliate.
- To cause to be meek or modest in spirit.
- To give a lower condition or station to; abase. See Synonyms at degrade.
Origin: Middle English, from Old French, from Latin humilis, low, lowly, from humus, ground; see dhghem- in Indo-European roots.
- humˈble·ness noun
- humˈbler noun
- humˈbly adverb