Antonyms for humble

Grammar : Adj, verb
Spell : huhm-buhl, uhm-
Phonetic Transcription : ˈhʌm bəl, ˈʌm-

Definition of humble

Origin :
  • mid-13c., from Old French humble, earlier humele, from Latin humilis "lowly, humble," literally "on the ground," from humus "earth." Senses of "not self-asserting" and "of low birth or rank" were both in Middle English Related: Humbly; humbleness.
  • Don't be so humble; you're not that great. [Golda Meir]
  • To eat humble pie (1830) is from umble pie (1640s), pie made from umbles "edible inner parts of an animal" (especially deer), considered a low-class food. The similar sense of similar-sounding words (the "h" of humble was not pronounced then) converged in the pun. Umbles, meanwhile, is Middle English numbles "offal" (with loss of n- through assimilation into preceding article).
  • adj meek, unassuming
  • adj poor, inferior
  • verb shame, put down
Example sentences :
  • The haughtiness of others can never make us angry, if we ourselves are humble.
  • Extract from : « Philothea » by Lydia Maria Child
  • Will you go down, and humble that stubborn spirit of yours to your mamma?
  • Extract from : « Clarissa, Volume 1 (of 9) » by Samuel Richardson
  • He was no longer the fairy godmother's devoted and humble factotum.
  • Extract from : « Viviette » by William J. Locke
  • But do you think I will rob my sister of her humble servant?
  • Extract from : « Clarissa, Volume 1 (of 9) » by Samuel Richardson
  • This says nothing of the quality of my work, which, humble as it may be, is simply the best I know how to do.
  • Extract from : « The Conquest of Fear » by Basil King
  • Not being a knowledge of the whole truth it should be humble, tolerant, and eager to expand.
  • Extract from : « The Conquest of Fear » by Basil King
  • He so humble, so aged, so loth to take our money—and yet a villain and a cheat.
  • Extract from : « The White Company » by Arthur Conan Doyle
  • Now, he was her humble petitioner, but this servility could be of no avail to save him from shame.
  • Extract from : « Within the Law » by Marvin Dana
  • From across the Street the boy watched her with adoring, humble eyes.
  • Extract from : « K » by Mary Roberts Rinehart
  • He forgot that humble worship was not the way to win a high-spirited girl.
  • Extract from : « The Man Shakespeare » by Frank Harris

Synonyms for humble

Based on : - - - Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019