1 low or inferior in station or quality; "a humble cottage"; "a lowly parish priest"; "a modest man of the people"; "small beginnings" [syn: humble, low, modest, small]
2 inferior in rank or status; "the junior faculty"; "a lowly corporal"; "petty officialdom"; "a subordinate functionary" [syn: junior-grade, inferior, lower, lower-ranking, petty(a), secondary, subaltern, subordinate]
4 of low birth or station (`base' is archaic in this sense); "baseborn wretches with dirty faces"; "of humble (or lowly) birth" [syn: base, baseborn, humble] [also: lowliest, lowlier]
- Rhymes: -əʊli
- Not high; not elevated in place; low.
- Low in rank or social importance.
- Not lofty or sublime; humble.
- Having a low esteem of one's own worth; humble; meek; free from pride.
- In a low manner; humbly; meekly; modestly.
- In a low condition; meanly.
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