cap in hand, deferentially, diffidently, meekly, modestly, obsequiously, on bended knee, respectfully, servilely, submissively, subserviently, unassumingly
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humble ( humbler comparative) ( humblest superlative) ( humbles 3rd person present) ( humbling present participle) ( humbled past tense & past participle )
1 adj A humble person is not proud and does not believe that they are better than other people., (Antonym: proud)
He gave a great performance, but he was very humble...
humbly adv ADV with v
`I'm a lucky man, undeservedly lucky,' he said humbly.
2 adj People with low social status are sometimes described as humble.
usu ADJ n
Spyros Latsis started his career as a humble fisherman in the Aegean...
3 adj A humble place or thing is ordinary and not special in any way.
There are restaurants, both humble and expensive, that specialize in them...
4 adj People use humble in a phrase such as in my humble opinion as a polite way of emphasizing what they think, even though they do not feel humble about it., (politeness)
It is, in my humble opinion, perhaps the best steak restaurant in Great Britain.
humbly adv ADV before v
So may I humbly suggest we all do something next time.
5 If you eat humble pie, you speak or behave in a way which tells people that you admit you were wrong about something.
eat humble pie phrase V inflects
Anson was forced to eat humble pie and publicly apologise to her.
6 verb If you humble someone who is more important or powerful than you, you defeat them easily.
Honda won fame in the 1980s as the little car company that humbled the industry giants... V n
7 verb If something or someone humbles you, they make you realize that you are not as important or good as you thought you were.
Ted's words humbled me... V n
I came away very humbled and recognizing that I, for one, am not well-informed.
Giving up an addiction is a humbling experience.
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