Humble definition

hŭmbəl
Marked by meekness or modesty in behavior, attitude, or spirit; not arrogant or prideful.
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Having or showing a consciousness of one's defects or shortcomings; not overly proud; not self-assertive; modest.
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To cause to feel humble.
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To lower in pride; make modest or humble in mind.
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To cause to have a lower condition or status; abase.
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Low in condition, rank, or position; lowly; unpretentious.

A humble home.

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To lower in condition, rank, or position; abase.
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Low in rank, quality, or station; unpretentious or lowly.

A humble cottage.

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To make humble or lowly in mind; to abase the pride or arrogance of; to reduce the self-sufficiency of; to make meek and submissive; -- often used reflexively.

Humble yourselves therefore under the mighty hand of God, that he may exalt you. 1 Pet. Ch 5: v. 6.

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Showing deferential or submissive respect.

A humble apology.

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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.

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Thinking lowly of one's self; claiming little for one's self; not proud, arrogant, or assuming; lowly; weak; modest.

God resisteth the proud, but giveth grace unto the humble. Jas. iv. 6.

She should be humble who would please. -Prior.

Without a humble imitation of the divine Author of our . . . religion we can never hope to be a happy nation. -Washington.

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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.

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Near the ground; not high or lofty; not pretentious or magnificent; unpretending; unassuming; as, a humble cottage.

Thy humble nest built on the ground. -Cowley.

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To bring low; to reduce the power, independence, or exaltation of; to lower; to abase; to humiliate.

Here, take this purse, thou whom the heaven's plagues have humbled to all strokes. -Shak.

The genius which humbled six marshals of France. -Macaulay.

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Humble cattle.

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Other Word Forms

Adjective

Base Form:
humble
Comparative:
humbler
Superlative:
humblest

Origin of humble

  • Middle English from Old French from Latin humilis low, lowly from humus ground dhghem- in Indo-European roots

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From Old French (h)umble, from Latin humilis (“low, slight, hence mean, humble”) (compare Greek χαμαλός (khamalos, “on the ground, low, trifling”)), from humus (“the earth, ground”), humi (“on the ground”). See homage, and compare chameleon, humiliate.

    From Wiktionary

  • Compare hummel.

    From Wiktionary