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Definition of "humble" []

  • Marked by meekness or modesty in behavior, attitude, or spirit; not arrogant or prideful. (adjective)
  • Showing deferential or submissive respect: a humble apology. (adjective)
  • Low in rank, quality, or station; unpretentious or lowly: a humble cottage. (adjective)
  • To curtail or destroy the pride of; humiliate. (verb-transitive)
  • To cause to be meek or modest in spirit. (verb-transitive)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "humble" in a sentence
  • "Meanwhile, the term "humble brag" is slowly seeping into the public consciousness."
  • "The word humble comes from the same root as humus, or soil."
  • "I think you are right about the humble is as humble does bit."