from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • An old spelling of humble.


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  • Not for nothing was it once known as "umble" — hence the expression "humble pie."

    Not For the Lily-Livered

  • "Bars," said Mr. Brimberly, shaking his head, "bars, sir, is things wherewith I do not 'old; bars are the 'aunt of the' umble 'erd, sir --"

    The Definite Object A Romance of New York

  • During the last few minutes, Mrs. Heep had been clamouring to her son to be 'umble'; and had been going down on her knees to all of us in succession, and making the wildest promises.

    David Copperfield

  • The goal of Tom the 'umble 'ero is to build a cathedral. - Telegraph online, Daily Telegraph and Sunday Telegraph

  • Most of the real action featured Tom the 'umble 'ero. - Telegraph online, Daily Telegraph and Sunday Telegraph

  • People whom you could swear you never set eyes on before will boldly declare they have acted as guide or something, and dog your footsteps all over the city; most of them are as "umble" as Uriah Heep himself in their annoying importunities, but some will not even hesitate to create a scene to gain their object, and, as the easiest way to get rid of them, the harassed traveller generally gives them a coin.

    Around the World on a Bicycle - Volume II From Teheran To Yokohama

  • This plan would have succeeded admirably had not the evil star under which I was born, been in the ascendant during that month, and cast its malign influences even into my "'umble" larder; for the rats had their dessert off my cheese, the bugs set up housekeeping in my cracker bag, and the apples like all worldly riches, took to themselves wings and flew away; whither no man could tell, though certain black imps might have thrown light upon the matter, had not the plaintiff in the case been loth to add another to the many trials of long-suffering.

    Hospital Sketches

  • Why, these two are as 'umble as Rupert Murdoch on a Tuesday afternoon in London.

    Copa América 2011: Paraguay v Venezuela – as it happened | Jacob Steinberg

  • The other paintings, while excellent, don't encapsulate the title concept as effectively as that little sleeping dino - in my 'umble opinion.

    Color and Light Book

  • June 4th, 2008 3: 23 pm ET thank you, and please be a man and tell that woman to accept the historical fact that the democratic party has a historical smart, h umble Nominee, and that history will show that .. thank you

    Emanuel backs Obama


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