humble


Main Entry: 1hum·ble
Pronunciation: \ˈhəm-bəl also chiefly Southern ˈəm-\
Function: adjective
Etymology: Middle English, from Anglo-French, from Latin humilis low, humble, from humus earth; akin to Greek chthōn earth, chamai on the ground
Inflected Forms: hum·bler \-b(ə-)lər\ hum·blest \-b(ə-)ləst\
Date: 13th century
1
: not proud or haughty : not arrogant or assertive
2
: reflecting, expressing, or offered in a spirit of deference or submission <a humble apology>
3
a : ranking low in a hierarchy or scale : insignificant, unpretentious
b : not costly or luxurious <a humble contraption>
hum·ble·ness \-bəl-nəs\ noun
hum·bly \-blē\ adverb