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humble (adj.)

13世纪末, 对人, “顺从, 恭敬, 举止低下, 谦虚, 不自恃, 顺从”, 来自古法语 humble, umble, 更早的 umele, 来自拉丁语 humilis “低下, 谦卑”, 字面意思是“在地上”, 来自 humus “大地”, 来自PIE根 *dhghem- “大地”. 来自14世纪末, 事物的, “在种类, 状态, 条件或数量上都是低贱的”, 也有“出身或等级低的”. 相关链接: Humbly.

Don't be so humble; you're not that great. [Golda Meir]

humble (v.)

14世纪末, “使自己变得谦卑” (intrans.), 也是“弯腰, 跪下或鞠躬”; 15世纪末“降低(某人) 的尊严” (trans.); 见 humble (adj.). 相关链接: Humbled; humbling.

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Definitions of humble
1
humble (adj.)
marked by meekness or modesty; not arrogant or prideful; "essentially humble...and self-effacing, he achieved the highest formal honors and distinctions"- B.K.Malinowski;
a humble apology
humble (adj.)
low or inferior in station or quality;
a humble cottage
Synonyms: low / lowly / modest / small
humble (adj.)
used of unskilled work (especially domestic work);
Synonyms: menial / lowly
humble (adj.)
of low birth or station (`base' is archaic in this sense);
of humble (or lowly) birth
Synonyms: base / baseborn / lowly
2
humble (v.)
cause to be unpretentious;
This experience will humble him
humble (v.)
cause to feel shame; hurt the pride of;
Synonyms: humiliate / mortify / chagrin / abase
From wordnet.princeton.edu