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humbly

[ huhm-buhl, uhm- ]SEE DEFINITION OF humbly

Synonyms for humbly

  • apologetically
  • meanly
  • abjectly
  • ingloriously
  • obscurely
  • poorly
  • simply
  • submissively
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Antonyms for humbly

  • boastfully
  • haughtily
  • proudly
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EXAMPLES FROM THE WEB FOR HUMBLY

He must go and humbly he must ask for the loan of a small sum of money.

I humbly apprehend, that Mr. Solmes has the spirit of a man, and a gentleman.

In this dedication of a Nation we humbly ask the blessing of God.

"Ach, no," said he humbly; for he could not look upon my face and hold his anger.

But, Sir, from your pen let me have an answer; I humbly implore it of you.

If Miss Gilder wished for anything she must ask for it, and ask for it humbly if she expected to get it.

"Guess that's all to the good, Max," replied the other, humbly.

She's lucky to get any kind of a husband; she's too humbly to choose.

And I humbly thank you, madam or miss, for having got them set to the musics.

"He said I wasn't to do it no more," confided little Jim humbly.

WORD ORIGIN

mid-13c., from Old French humble, earlier humele, from Latin humilis "lowly, humble," literally "on the ground," from humus "earth." Senses of "not self-asserting" and "of low birth or rank" were both in Middle English Related: Humbly; humbleness.

To eat humble pie (1830) is from umble pie (1640s), pie made from umbles "edible inner parts of an animal" (especially deer), considered a low-class food. The similar sense of similar-sounding words (the "h" of humble was not pronounced then) converged in the pun. Umbles, meanwhile, is Middle English numbles "offal" (with loss of n- through assimilation into preceding article).

MORE RELATED WORDS FOR HUMBLY

modestly

adverbin a modest manner
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