What does Humble mean?

Definitions for Humble
ˈhʌm bəl, ˈʌm-hum·ble

This dictionary definitions page includes all the possible meanings, example usage and translations of the word Humble.

Princeton's WordNet

  1. humble, low, lowly, modest, smalladjective

    low or inferior in station or quality

    "a humble cottage"; "a lowly parish priest"; "a modest man of the people"; "small beginnings"

  2. humbleadjective

    marked by meekness or modesty; not arrogant or prideful

    "a humble apology"; "essentially humble...and self-effacing, he achieved the highest formal honors and distinctions"- B.K.Malinowski

  3. humble, menial, lowlyadjective

    used of unskilled work (especially domestic work)

  4. base, baseborn, humble, lowlyverb

    of low birth or station (`base' is archaic in this sense)

    "baseborn wretches with dirty faces"; "of humble (or lowly) birth"

  5. humbleverb

    cause to be unpretentious

    "This experience will humble him"

  6. humiliate, mortify, chagrin, humble, abaseverb

    cause to feel shame; hurt the pride of

    "He humiliated his colleague by criticising him in front of the boss"


  1. humbleverb

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

  2. humbleverb

    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.

  3. humbleadjective

    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.

  4. humbleadjective

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

  5. Etymology: From umble, from humilis (compare Greek χαμαλός), from humus, humi. See homage, and confer chameleon, humiliate.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. HUMBLEadjective

    Etymology: humble, French; humilis, Latin.

    And mighty proud to humble weak does yield. Fairy Qu.

    Now we have shewn our power,
    Let us seem humbler after it is done,
    Than when it was a doing. William Shakespeare, Coriolanus.

    Thy humble servant vows obedience,
    And faithful service, ’till the point of death. William Shakespeare, H. VI.

    We should be as humble in our imperfections and sins as Christ was in the fulness of the spirit, great wisdom, and perfect life. Jeremy Taylor, Rule of living holy.

    Chuse you for me; for well you understand
    But if an humble husband may request,
    Provide and order all things for the best. Dryden.

    Ten thousand trifles light as these,
    Nor can my rage nor anger move:
    She should be humble, who would please;
    And she must suffer, who can love. Matthew Prior.

    Th’ example of the heav’nly lark,
    Thy fellow-poet, Cowley, mark!
    Above the skies let thy proud musick sound,
    Thy humble nest build on the ground. Abraham Cowley.

    Denied what ev’ry wretch obtains of fate,
    An humble roof and an obscure retreat. Thomas Yalden.

    Ah! prince, hadst thou but known the joys which dwell
    With humbler fortunes, thou wouldst curse thy royalty. Nicholas Rowe.

    Far humbler titles suit my lost condition. Smith.

  2. To Humbleverb

    Etymology: from the adjective.

    Take this purse, thou whom the heaven’s plagues
    Have humbled to all strokes. William Shakespeare, King Lear.

    The executioner
    Falls not the axe upon the humbled neck,
    But first begs pardon. William Shakespeare, As you like it.

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

    Hezekiah humbled himself for the pride of his heart. 2 Chro.

    Why do I humble thus myself, and suing
    For peace, reap nothing but repulse and hate. John Milton.

    Let the sinner put away the evil of his doings, and humble himself by a speedy and sincere repentance: let him return to God, and then let him be assured that God will return to him. John Rogers, Sermons.

    Yearly injoin’d, some say, to undergo
    This annual humbling certain number’d days,
    To dash their pride, and joy, for man seduc’d. John Milton, P. L.

    We are pleased, by some implicit kind of revenge, to see him taken down and humbled in his reputation, who had so far raised himself above us. Joseph Addison, Spectat.

    The mistress of the world, the seat of empire,
    The nurse of heroes, the delight of gods,
    That humbled the proud tyrants of the earth. Joseph Addison, Cato.

    Men that make a kind of insult upon society, ought to be humbled as disturbers of the publick tranquillity. Freeholder.

    Fortune not much of humbling me can boast;
    Though double tax’d, how little have I lost! Alexander Pope.

    This would not be to condescend to their capacities, when he humbles himself to speak to them, but to lose his design in speaking. John Locke.

    In process of time the highest mountains may be humbled into valleys; and again, the lowest valleys exalted into mountains. George Hakewill, on Providence.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Humble

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

  2. Humble

    thinking lowly of one's self; claiming little for one's self; not proud, arrogant, or assuming; thinking one's self ill-deserving or unworthy, when judged by the demands of God; lowly; waek; modest

  3. Humbleadjective

    hornless. See Hummel

  4. Humbleverb

    to bring low; to reduce the power, independence, or exaltation of; to lower; to abase; to humilate

  5. Humbleverb

    to make humble or lowly in mind; to abase the pride or arrogance of; to reduce the self-sufficiently of; to make meek and submissive; -- often used rexlexively

  6. Etymology: [F., fr. L. humilis on the ground, low, fr. humus the earth, ground. See Homage, and cf. Chameleon, Humiliate.]


  1. Humble

    Humble is a city in Harris County, Texas, within the Houston–The Woodlands–Baytown metropolitan area. As of the 2010 census, the city population was 15,133. The city shares a zip code with the small Houston neighborhood of Bordersville, although people who live in Bordersville still have Humble addresses.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Humble

    hum′bl, or um′bl, adj. low: meek: modest.—v.t. to bring down to the ground: to lower: to abase: to mortify: to degrade.—adj. Hum′ble-mouthed, humble in speech.—n. Hum′bleness—(Spens.) Hum′bless.—adj. Hum′bling, making humble.—n. a humiliation.—advs. Hum′blingly, in a humiliating manner; Hum′bly. [Fr.,—L. humilis, low—humus, the ground.]

  2. Humble

    hum&priprime;bl, adj. having no horns.

Editors Contribution

  1. humble

    The awareness, knowing, quality and understanding that we are all equal beings on this planet and naturally see and trust each other as our equal and with respect and dignity.

    We are all naturally humble beings and create and experience humble feelings and thoughts towards each other.

    Submitted by MaryC on October 20, 2015  

Surnames Frequency by Census Records


    According to the U.S. Census Bureau, Humble is ranked #7264 in terms of the most common surnames in America.

    The Humble surname appeared 4,588 times in the 2010 census and if you were to sample 100,000 people in the United States, approximately 2 would have the surname Humble.

    89.7% or 4,116 total occurrences were White.
    5.4% or 251 total occurrences were Black.
    2.2% or 103 total occurrences were of Hispanic origin.
    1.2% or 56 total occurrences were of two or more races.
    0.8% or 37 total occurrences were American Indian or Alaskan Native.
    0.5% or 25 total occurrences were Asian.

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of Humble in Chaldean Numerology is: 7

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of Humble in Pythagorean Numerology is: 7

Examples of Humble in a Sentence

  1. Kelsey Meyer:

    When we started Influence Co., there was a lot that I didn’t know, instead of allowing my lack of knowledge to hold me back, I used it to my advantage to connect with, and ask for, help from established leaders and others in the industry. People are receptive when you’re humble and willing to learn. Some of our first clients were actually people I reached out to when we started the company.

  2. William Ewart Gladstone:

    Remember the rights of the savage, as we call him. Remember that the happiness of his humble home, remember that the sanctity of life in the hill villages of Afghanistan, among the winter snows, is as inviolable in the eye of Almighty God, as can be your own.

  3. Serbian proverb:

    Be humble for you are made of dung. Be noble for you are made of stars.

  4. Nicholai Velimirovic:

    Be humble, for the worst thing in the world is of the same stuff as you; be confident, for the stars are of the same stuff as you.

  5. Stephanie Corbin:

    He was a gentleman beyond anything, he was just so humble and kind. Anyone could’ve given us a ride, but … he was just so compassionate. He just went above and beyond.

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