humbled; humblest; humbler; humbling; humbles; humblingly

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
  1. adjective
    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
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    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, lofty, 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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  2. adjective
    of low birth or station (`base' is archaic in this sense)
    “of humble (or lowly) birth”
    synonyms: base, baseborn, lowly
    of humble birth or origins
  3. adjective
    low or inferior in station or quality
    “a humble cottage”
    synonyms: low, lowly, modest, small
    of or characteristic of low rank or importance
  4. adjective
    used of unskilled work (especially domestic work)
    synonyms: lowly, menial
    not having or showing or requiring special skill or proficiency
  5. verb
    cause to be unpretentious
    “This experience will humble him”
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    make inconspicuous
    type of:
    alter, change, modify
    cause to change; make different; cause a transformation
  6. verb
    cause to feel shame; hurt the pride of
    synonyms: 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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