1. cause to be unpretentious;
- Example: "This experience will humble him"
2. cause to feel shame; hurt the pride of;
- Example: "He humiliated his colleague by criticising him in front of the boss"
[syn: humiliate, mortify, chagrin, humble, abase]
1. low or inferior in station or quality;
- Example: "a humble cottage"
- Example: "a lowly parish priest"
- Example: "a modest man of the people"
- Example: "small beginnings"
[syn: humble, low, lowly, modest, small]
2. marked by meekness or modesty; not arrogant or prideful;
- Example: "a humble apology"
- Example: "essentially humble...and self-effacing, he achieved the highest formal honors and distinctions"- B.K.Malinowski
3. used of unskilled work (especially domestic work);
[syn: humble, menial, lowly]
4. of low birth or station (`base' is archaic in this sense);
- Example: "baseborn wretches with dirty faces"
- Example: "of humble (or lowly) birth"
[syn: base, baseborn, humble, lowly]
The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:
Humble \Hum"ble\ (h[u^]m"b'l; 277), a. [Compar. Humbler (h[u^]m"bl[~e]r); superl. Humblest (h[u^]m"bl[e^]st).] [F., fr. L. humilis on the ground, low, fr. humus the earth, ground. See Homage, and cf. Chameleon, Humiliate.] 1. Near the ground; not high or lofty. [1913 Webster] Thy humble nest built on the ground. --Cowley. [1913 Webster] 2. Not pretentious or magnificent; unpretending; unassuming; modest; as, a humble cottage. Used to describe objects. [1913 Webster] 3. 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; weak; modest. Used to describe people. [1913 Webster] God resisteth the proud, but giveth grace unto the humble. --Jas. iv. 6. [1913 Webster] She should be humble who would please. --Prior. [1913 Webster] Without a humble imitation of the divine Author of our . . . religion we can never hope to be a happy nation. --Washington. [1913 Webster] Humble plant (Bot.), a species of sensitive plant, of the genus Mimosa (Mimosa sensitiva). To eat humble pie, to endure mortification; to submit or apologize abjectly; to yield passively to insult or humiliation; -- a phrase derived from a pie made of the entrails or humbles of a deer, which was formerly served to servants and retainers at a hunting feast. See Humbles. --Halliwell. --Thackeray. [1913 Webster]The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:
Humble \Hum"ble\, a. Hornless. See Hummel. [Scot.] [1913 Webster]The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:
Humble \Hum"ble\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Humbled; p. pr. & vb. n. Humbling.] 1. To bring low; to reduce the power, independence, or exaltation of; to lower; to abase; to humilate. [1913 Webster] Here, take this purse, thou whom the heaven's plagues Have humbled to all strokes. --Shak. [1913 Webster] The genius which humbled six marshals of France. --Macaulay. [1913 Webster] 2. 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. [1913 Webster] Humble yourselves therefore under the mighty hand of God, that he may exalt you. --1 Pet. v. 6. Syn: To abase; lower; depress; humiliate; mortify; disgrace; degrade. [1913 Webster]WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006):
humble adj 1: low or inferior in station or quality; "a humble cottage"; "a lowly parish priest"; "a modest man of the people"; "small beginnings" [syn: humble, low, lowly, modest, small] 2: 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 [ant: proud] 3: used of unskilled work (especially domestic work) [syn: humble, menial, lowly] 4: of low birth or station (`base' is archaic in this sense); "baseborn wretches with dirty faces"; "of humble (or lowly) birth" [syn: base, baseborn, humble, lowly] v 1: cause to be unpretentious; "This experience will humble him" 2: cause to feel shame; hurt the pride of; "He humiliated his colleague by criticising him in front of the boss" [syn: humiliate, mortify, chagrin, humble, abase]Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0:
203 Moby Thesaurus words for "humble": abase, abash, abject, accommodating, acquiescent, adapting, adaptive, adjusting, altruistic, amenable, apologetic, base, baseborn, beat down, below the salt, bend, break, break down, bring down, bring low, bring to terms, broken, bump, bust, cast down, chagrin, chasten, chastened, cockney, committed, common, commonplace, compliant, conquer, consecrated, contrite, crush, debase, dedicated, deferential, deflate, degrade, demean, demeaning, demote, deplume, devoted, disadvantaged, discomfit, disgrace, disgrade, disinterested, displume, domesticated, dovelike, downgrade, embarrass, fell, flatten, gentle, homely, housebroken, humble-looking, humble-visaged, humbled, humblest, humiliate, ignoble, in the shade, inferior, infra dig, inglorious, innocuous, insignificant, junior, lamblike, least, less, lesser, let down, lose face, low, lowborn, lowbred, lower, lowest, lowliest, lowly, master, mean, meek, melted, mild, minor, modest, mortify, nonclerical, obedient, obscure, obsequious, ordinary, overmaster, override, overwhelm, pacific, passive, peaceable, penitent, penitential, penitentiary, plain, plebeian, poor, prostrate, pull down, put down, put out, put to shame, quell, quiet, reconciled, reduce, repentant, reserved, resigned, respectful, ride down, rude, sacrificing, second rank, second string, secondary, self-abasing, self-abnegating, self-abnegatory, self-denying, self-devoted, self-effacing, self-forgetful, self-immolating, self-neglectful, self-neglecting, self-renouncing, self-sacrificing, self-unconscious, selfless, servile, shabby-genteel, shame, sheepish, simple, sink, small, smash, softened, strip of rank, sub, subaltern, subdue, subdued, subject, subjugate, submissive, subordinate, subservient, suppress, tame, tamed, teachable, third rank, third string, third-estate, touched, trample down, trample underfoot, tread underfoot, tyrannize, unacquisitive, unambitious, unaspiring, unassuming, unboastful, uncomplaining, underprivileged, undistinguished, ungenteel, unimportant, unimposing, unman, unobtrusive, unostentatious, unpossessive, unprepossessing, unpresuming, unpresumptuous, unpretending, unpretentious, unresisting, unselfish, unsparing of self, unwashed, vanquish, vulgarU.S. Gazetteer Places (2000):
Humble, TX -- U.S. city in Texas Population (2000): 14579 Housing Units (2000): 5908 Land area (2000): 9.867487 sq. miles (25.556674 sq. km) Water area (2000): 0.013151 sq. miles (0.034062 sq. km) Total area (2000): 9.880638 sq. miles (25.590736 sq. km) FIPS code: 35348 Located within: Texas (TX), FIPS 48 Location: 29.994920 N, 95.264873 W ZIP Codes (1990): 77338 77339 77345 77346 77396 Note: some ZIP codes may be omitted esp. for suburbs. Headwords: Humble, TX Humble