Definition of Uriah Heep from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary


Uriah Heep

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a character in the novel David Copperfield by Charles Dickens. He is David's clerk who pretends to be ‘humble’ and to want to serve him well, but in reality cheats him. His name is sometimes used for a person who pretends to show great respect but is not sincere. An album by a band called Uriah Heep has the title ‘Very ’eavy.. very ’umble’, which refers to Uriah Heep's phrase in the novel, 'Ever so ’umble'.