Humble means "modest; without an excess of pride." A person who brags about being humble may have too much pride in being humble to actually be humble.

Sometimes fictional characters try to earn favor by saying "I'm just a humble man in search of..." when it is obvious they are the opposite. Truly humble people keep quiet about their accomplishments and the good things they do. Humble can also mean "low in station or quality." If you come from a humble background, you didn't grow up wealthy, and if you live in a humble apartment, it isn't overly grand or showy.

Definitions of humble

adj marked by meekness or modesty; not arrogant or prideful

“a humble apology”
“"essentially humble...and self-effacing, he achieved the highest formal honors and distinctions"- B.K.Malinowski”
marked by simplicity; having a humble opinion of yourself
broken, crushed, humbled, humiliated, low
subdued or brought low in condition or status
meek, mild, modest
humble in spirit or manner; suggesting retiring mildness or even cowed submissiveness
feeling self-respect or pleasure in something by which you measure your self-worth; or being a reason for pride
having or showing an exaggerated opinion of your importance, ability, etc
arrogant, chesty, self-important
having or showing feelings of unwarranted importance out of overbearing pride
pleased and proud
big, swelled, vainglorious
feeling self-importance
bigheaded, persnickety, snooty, snot-nosed, snotty, stuck-up, too big for one's breeches, uppish
(used colloquially) overly conceited or arrogant
big, boastful, braggart, bragging, braggy, cock-a-hoop, crowing, self-aggrandising, self-aggrandizing
exhibiting self-importance
dignified, self-respectful, self-respecting
having or showing self-esteem
disdainful, haughty, imperious, lordly, overbearing, prideful, sniffy, supercilious, swaggering
having or showing arrogant superiority to and disdain of those one views as unworthy
conceited, egotistic, egotistical, self-conceited, swollen, swollen-headed, vain
characteristic of false pride; having an exaggerated sense of self-importance
proud of your house or its furnishings or upkeep
excessively proud
pleased, proud of
feeling pleasurable satisfaction over something by which you measures your self-worth
proud or arrogant because of your wealth (especially in the absence of other distinction)
trying to maintain dignity and self respect despite shabbiness
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adj of low birth or station (`base' is archaic in this sense)

“of humble (or lowly) birth”
base, baseborn, lowly
of humble birth or origins

adj low or inferior in station or quality

“a humble cottage”
low, lowly, modest, small
of or characteristic of low rank or importance

adj used of unskilled work (especially domestic work)

lowly, menial
not having or showing or requiring special skill or proficiency

v cause to be unpretentious

“This experience will humble him”
make inconspicuous
Type of:
alter, change, modify
cause to change; make different; cause a transformation

v cause to feel shame; hurt the pride of

abase, chagrin, humiliate, mortify
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crush, demolish, smash
humiliate or depress completely
degrade, demean, disgrace, put down, take down
reduce in worth or character, usually verbally
lower in grade or rank or force somebody into an undignified situation
dehumanise, dehumanize
deprive of human qualities
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bruise, hurt, injure, offend, spite, wound
hurt the feelings of

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