What does humble mean?

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ˈhʌm bəl, ˈʌm-hum·ble

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. humble, low, lowly, modest, small(adj)

    low or inferior in station or quality

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

  2. humble(adj)

    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, lowly(adj)

    used of unskilled work (especially domestic work)

  4. base, baseborn, humble, lowly(verb)

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

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

  5. humble(verb)

    cause to be unpretentious

    "This experience will humble him"

  6. humiliate, mortify, chagrin, humble, abase(verb)

    cause to feel shame; hurt the pride of

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

Wiktionary

  1. humble(Verb)

    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. humble(Verb)

    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. humble(Adjective)

    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. humble(Adjective)

    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. Humble(adj)

    hornless. See Hummel

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

  4. Humble(verb)

    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. Humble(verb)

    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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Numerology

  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. Emeasoba George:

    The willingness to give others a listening ear will automatically make you teacheable and make them your teachers. Listen up, you ought to be teacheable if you've been unteacheable all these while. Because, the more you think you know, the more you will realize that you know less than you even thought that you knew. Besides, no human is an island of itself. So, you are expected to be punctual and humble in order to learn something new from someone else or others.

  2. Jeffrey Sonnenfeld:

    Andy Jassy brings quite a degree of humility ; people didn't quite realize who Andy Jassy was until recently, andy Jassy's definitely very humble, Andy Jassy's not Andy Jassy, which is sort of unusual to be at this level in the tech space.

  3. EMEASOBA GEORGE:

    It is normal to look up to someone right here or out there i.e. you are expected to admire and respect anyone who is worthy of admiration and respect. But, you shouldn't wish to be like anybody, no matter his or her socioeconomic status. Now listen up, nobody is better off than you. Yes! and in case you don't know, you are God's masterpiece and one of a kind as well Scripture reference (Ephesians 2:10). So, you've got to stop wishing to be like anybody right here or out there. Take Note: if every human is the same, this world would be so boring and uninteresting to live in. Lest you forget, monotony kills interest and much more than that, but variety is the spice of life. In other words, our uniqueness is what actually makes the world vivacious and interesting to live in, (IMHO) in my humble (honest) opinion. ~Emeasoba George

  4. EMEASOBA GEORGE:

    Every true love or true relationship is meant to last for a lifetime or perpetually. In other words, any love or relationship which fails to last for a lifetime (perpetually) is obviously an untrue love or untrue relationship. Besides that, the secret behind every true love or true relationship is never enjoying or indulging in too much sex nor having too much money to spend. Yes! rather, the secret behind every true love or true relationship is nothing but self-sacrifice (giving up what you want or something you need in order to please or help someone else or others). That is it and that is that too IMHO in my humble (honest) opinion. ~Emeasoba George

  5. Barbara Paley:

    In all things preserve integrity; and the consciousness of thine own uprightness will alleviate the toil of business, soften the hardness of ill-success and disappointments, and give thee an humble confidence before God, when the ingratitude of man, or the iniquity of the times may rob thee of other rewards.

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    an outward semblance that misrepresents the true nature of something
    • A. endeavor
    • B. disguise
    • C. match
    • D. purse

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