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1. Near the ground; not high or lofty; not pretentious or magnificent; unpretending; unassuming; as, a humble cottage. THy humble nest built on the ground. (Cowley)
2. 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; waek; modest. God resisteth the proud, but giveth grace unto the humble. (Jas. Iv. 6) She should be humble who would please. (Prior) ”Without a humble imitation of the divine Author of our . . . Religion we can never hope to be a happy nation.
(Science: botany)” (Washington) humble plant, a species of sensitive plant, of the genus mimosa (M. Sensitiva). To eat humble pie, to endure mortification; to submit or apologize abjectly; to yield passively to insult or humilitation; 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.
Origin: f, fr. L. Humilis on the ground, low, fr. Humus the earth, ground. See homage, and cf. Chameleon, Humiliate.