US: /ˈhəmbəɫ/
UK: /hˈʌmbə‍l/

English Vietnamese dictionary

humble /'hʌmbl/
  • tính từ
    • khiêm tốn, nhún nhường
      • a humble attiude: thái độ khiêm tốn
    • khúm núm
      • to be very humble towards one's superious: có thái độ quá khúm núm đối với cấp trên
    • thấp kém, hèn mọn (cấp bậc, địa vị xã hôi, thành phần)
      • humble position: địa vị thấp kém
      • to be of humble birth: xuất thân từ tầng lớp dưới
    • xoàng xĩnh, tầm thường; nhỏ bé (đồ vật...)
      • a humble housee: căn nhà xoàng, căn nhà nhỏ bé
    • to eat humble pie
      • phải xin lỗi, phải nhận lỗi; chịu nhục
  • ngoại động từ
    • làm nhục, sỉ nục
    • hạ thấp
      • to humble oneself: tự hạ mình

Advanced English dictionary

adjective, verb
+ adjective (humbler )
1 showing you do not think that you are as important as other people: Be humble enough to learn from your mistakes. + my humble tribute to this great man
See also - HUMILITY
2 (ironic or humorous) used to suggest that you are not as important as other people, but in a way that is not sincere or not very serious: In my humble opinion, you were in the wrong. + My humble apologies. I did not understand.
3 having a low rank or social position: a man of humble birth / origins + a humble occupation + the daughter of a humble shopkeeper
4 (of a thing) not large or special in any way: a humble farmhouse + The company has worked its way up from humble beginnings to become the market leader. + Most of us have never considered the humble potato as a precious gift from nature.
humbly adverb: I would humbly suggest that there is something wrong here. + 'Sorry,' she said humbly.
Idioms see EAT
+ verb [VN]
1 to make sb feel that they are not as good or important as they thought they were: He was humbled by her generosity. + a humbling experience
2 [usually passive] to easily defeat an opponent, especially a strong or powerful one: The world champion was humbled last night in three rounds.
3 ~ yourself to show that you are not too proud to ask for sth, admit that you have been wrong, etc.
See also - HUMILITY

Thesaurus dictionary

1 modest, reserved, unpretentious, unostentatious, self-effacing, unassuming, unpresuming:
For someone who has accomplished so much, she is quite humble.
2 submissive, meek, servile, obsequious, deferential, mild, respectful, subservient, subdued:
Usually pompous, Nigel became humble in the presence of the chairman.
3 lowly, low, inferior, mean, ignoble, ordinary, plebeian, common, simple, obscure, unprepossessing, unimportant, undistinguished, insignificant; low-born, base, base-born:
He lives in a humble cottage. Though she came from a humble background, she rose to become prime minister.
4 chasten, bring or pull down, subdue, abase, debase, demean, lower, degrade, downgrade, reduce, make (someone) eat humble pie, lose face, shame, humiliate, crush, break, mortify, chagrin, Colloq put down, take (someone) down a peg or notch:
He found army discipline a humbling experience.

Concise English dictionary

+cause to be unpretentious
+cause to feel shame; hurt the pride of
+low or inferior in station or quality
+marked by meekness or modesty; not arrogant or prideful
+used of unskilled work (especially domestic work)
+of low birth or station (`base' is archaic in this sense)