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ˈhʌm bəl, ˈʌm-hum·ble

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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"

Wiktionary

  1. humbleverb

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

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

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

  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.

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

  4. humbleadjective

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

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

Webster Dictionary

  1. Humble

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

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

  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

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

  3. Humbleadjective

    hornless. See Hummel

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

  4. Humbleverb

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

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

  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

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

Freebase

  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  

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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. Melissa Curran:

    If Donald Trump would calm Donald Trump and humble Donald Trump, Donald Trump could have been a great president, but the way Donald Trump handles Donald Trump business breaks my heart.

  2. Milagros Jimenez:

    She reminds us of Princess Diana, humble, giving and looking out for the poor people, it's good for her to see how education for the low-income families helps, so that when they get older they get a good start.

  3. Jerome Powell:

    Forecasters have a lot to be humble about. It's a highly uncertain business, we're very much attuned to the risks and watching the data carefully.

  4. 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.

  5. W. Somerset Maugham:

    The common idea that success spoils people by making them vain, egotistic, and self-complacent is erroneous -- on the contrary, it makes them, for the most part, humble, tolerant, and kind. It is failure that makes people bitter and cruel.

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