hum·​ble-bee ˈhəm-bəl-ˌbē How to pronounce humble-bee (audio)

Word History


Middle English humbylbee, from humbyl- (akin to Middle Dutch hommel bumblebee) + bee — more at hum

First Known Use

15th century, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of humble-bee was in the 15th century

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“Humble-bee.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 11 Dec. 2023.

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