Humble-pie meaning

A pie formerly made from the edible organs of a deer or hog.
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A pie made of the inner parts of a deer, served to the servants after a hunt.
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(dated) A pie made from the offal of deer or hog.
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(idiomatic) Humility, being humble.
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eat humble pie
  • To be forced to apologize abjectly or admit one's faults in humiliating circumstances.
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eat humble pie
  • To undergo humiliation, esp. that of admitting one's error and apologizing.
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Idioms and Phrasal Verbs

Origin of humble-pie

  • Alteration (influenced by humble) of obsolete umble pie Middle English umbles edible animal organs (variant of numbles) (from Norman French nombles) (from Old French loin of veal) (probably from alteration of Latin lumbulus) (diminutive of lumbus loin) pie
    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
  • The expression derives from umble pie, the original name of the offal meat pie, considered inferior food. In medieval times the pie was often served to lower-class people. Although "umbles" and the modern word "humble" are etymologically unrelated, each word has appeared both with and without the initial "h" after the Middle Ages until the 19th century.
    From Wiktionary