Definition of humble adjective from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//ˈhʌmbl//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈhʌmbl//
    BrE BrE//ˈhʌmblə(r)//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈhʌmblər//
    , humblest
    BrE BrE//ˈhʌmblɪst//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈhʌmblɪst//
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  1. 1showing you do not think that you are as important as other people synonym modest Be humble enough to learn from your mistakes. my humble tribute to this great man see also humility
  2. 2(ironic or humorous) used to suggest that you are not as important as other people, but in a way that is not sincere or not very serious In my humble opinion, you were in the wrong. My humble apologies. I did not understand.
  3. 3having a low rank or social position a man of humble birth/origins a humble occupation the daughter of a humble shopkeeper
  4. 4(of a thing) not large or special in any way synonym modest a humble farmhouse The company has worked its way up from humble beginnings to become the market leader. Most of us have never considered the humble potato as a precious gift from nature.
  5. Word OriginMiddle English: from Old French, from Latin humilis ‘low, lowly’, from humus ‘ground’.Extra examples She was very humble and apologetic. a man of fairly humble origins an amazing man who makes you feel quite humble He had worked his way up from humble beginnings. He is intensely proud of his humble background. He was a made who had risen from humble origins through hard work and good fortune. She felt humble and grateful but couldn’t put her feelings into words. She was the daughter of a humble carpenter and a washerwoman. She’s a loving, kind and humble woman.
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