humble - Dictionary definition and meaning for word humble

(verb) cause to be unpretentious
Example Sentence
  • This experience will humble him
(verb) cause to feel shame; hurt the pride of
Synonyms : abase , chagrin , humiliate , mortify
Example Sentence
  • He humiliated his colleague by criticising him in front of the boss
(adj) low or inferior in station or quality
Synonyms : low , lowly , modest , small
Example Sentence
  • a humble cottage
  • a lowly parish priest
  • a modest man of the people
  • small beginnings
(adj) marked by meekness or modesty; not arrogant or prideful
Example Sentence
  • a humble apology
  • essentially humble...and self-effacing, he achieved the highest formal honors and distinctions
(adj) used of unskilled work (especially domestic work)
Synonyms : lowly , menial
(adj) of low birth or station (`base' is archaic in this sense)
Synonyms : base , baseborn , lowly
Example Sentence
  • baseborn wretches with dirty faces
  • of humble (or lowly) birth

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