humble etymology

English word humble comes from Latin humus (Earth, soil. Ground.)

Detailed word origin of humble

Dictionary entryLanguageDefinition
humus Latin (lat) Earth, soil. Ground.
humilis Latin (lat) (in respect to birth, fortune or worth) base, mean, humble, obscure, poor, needy, insignificant, low. (of mind or character) submissive, abject. Low, lowly, small, slight; shallow.
humle Old French (842-ca. 1400) (fro)
humble Middle English (1100-1500) (enm)
humble English (eng) Having a low opinion of oneself; not proud, arrogant, or assuming; modest.. Not pretentious or magnificent; unpretending; unassuming. (often, reflexive) To make humble or lowly in mind; to abase the pride or arrogance of; to reduce the self-sufficiency of; to make meek and submissive.. To bring low; to reduce the power, independence, or exaltation of; to lower; to abase; to humiliate.

Words with the same origin as humble

Descendants of humus
humbly humiliate humiliation humility