from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A pie formerly made from the edible organs of a deer or hog.
- idiom eat humble pie To be forced to apologize abjectly or admit one's faults in humiliating circumstances.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. a pie made from the offal of deer or hog
- n. humility, being humble
Alteration (influenced by humble) of obsolete umble pie : Middle English umbles, edible animal organs (variant of numbles, from Norman French nombles, from Old French, loin of veal, probably from alteration of Latin lumbulus, diminutive of lumbus, loin) + pie1.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
The expression derives from umble pie, the original name of the offal meat pie, considered inferior food. In medieval times the pie was often served to lower-class people. Although "umbles" and the modern word "humble" are etymologically unrelated, each word has appeared both with and without the initial "h" after the Middle Ages until the 19th century. (Wiktionary)
And Lakers Owner Jack Kent Cooke, eating the most expensive piece of humble pie in NBA annals, was left with an interesting dilemma: