Hum"ble (?), a. Hornless. See
Hum"ble (?), a.
[Compar. Humbler (?);
superl. Humblest (?).] [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; not pretentious or magnificent; unpretending; unassuming;
as, a humble cottage.
THy humble nest built on the
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
Without a humble imitation of the divine Author
of our . . . religion we can never hope to be a happy
Humble plant (Bot.), 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. Halliwell. Thackeray.
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
Here, take this purse, thou whom the heaven's
Have humbled to all strokes.
The genius which humbled six marshals of
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.
Humble yourselves therefore under the mighty
hand of God, that he may exalt you. 1 Pet. v.
Syn. -- To abase; lower; depress; humiliate; mortify;