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Definition: To eat humble pie
, a. [Compar. Humbler
; superl. Humblest
[F., fr. L. humilis on the ground, low, fr. humus the earth,
ground. See Homage
, and cf. Chameleon
1. Near the ground; not high or lofty; not pretentious or
magnificent; unpretending; unassuming; as, a humble
THy humble nest built on the ground. --Cowley.
2. Thinking lowly of one's self; claiming little for one's
self; not proud, arrogant, or assuming; thinking one's
self ill-deserving or unworthy, when judged by the demands
of God; lowly; waek; modest.
God resisteth the proud, but giveth grace unto the
humble. --Jas. iv. 6.
She should be humble who would please. --Prior.
Without a humble imitation of the divine Author of
our . . . religion we can never hope to be a happy
(Bot.), a species of sensitive plant, of the
To eat humble pie
, to endure mortification; to submit or
apologize abjectly; to yield passively to insult or
humilitation; -- a phrase derived from a pie made of the
entrails or humbles of a deer, which was formerly served
to servants and retainers at a hunting feast. See
. --Halliwell. --Thackeray.
([=e]t), v. t. [imp. Ate
([=a]t; 277), Obsolescent &
([e^]t); p. p. Eaten
([=e]t"'n), Obs. or
([e^]t); p. pr. & vb. n. Eating
.] [OE. eten,
AS. etan; akin to OS. etan, OFries. eta, D. eten, OHG. ezzan,
G. essen, Icel. eta, Sw. ["a]ta, Dan. [ae]de, Goth. itan, Ir.
& Gael. ith, W. ysu, L. edere, Gr. 'e`dein, Skr. ad. [root]6.
to rub, Edible
1. To chew and swallow as food; to devour; -- said especially
of food not liquid; as, to eat bread. “To eat grass as
--Dan. iv. 25.
They . . . ate the sacrifices of the dead. --Ps.
The lean . . . did eat up the first seven fat kine.
The lion had not eaten the carcass. --1 Kings
With stories told of many a feat,
How fairy Mab the junkets eat. --Milton.
The island princes overbold
Have eat our substance. --Tennyson.
His wretched estate is eaten up with mortgages.
2. To corrode, as metal, by rust; to consume the flesh, as a
cancer; to waste or wear away; to destroy gradually; to
cause to disappear.
To eat humble pie
. See under Humble
To eat of
(partitive use). “Eat of the bread that can not
To eat one's words
, to retract what one has said. (See the
Citation under Blurt
To eat out
, to consume completely. “Eat out the heart and
comfort of it.”
To eat the wind out of a vessel
(Naut.), to gain slowly to
windward of her.
Syn: To consume; devour; gnaw; corrode.