follow Dictionary.com

Yours, Etc.: Origins and Uses of 8 Sign-Offs

humble pie

noun
1.
humility forced upon someone, often under embarrassing conditions; humiliation.
2.
Obsolete. a pie made of the viscera and other inferior parts of deer or the like.
Idioms
3.
eat humble pie, to be forced to apologize humbly; suffer humiliation:
He had to eat humble pie and publicly admit his error.
Origin
1640-1650
1640-50; earlier phrase an umble pie, erroneous for a numble pie; see numbles
Dictionary.com Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2014.
Cite This Source
Examples from the web for humble pie
  • Now, humble pie is never a tasty dish to eat in public.
British Dictionary definitions for humble pie

humble pie

noun
1.
(formerly) a pie made from the heart, entrails, etc, of a deer
2.
eat humble pie, to behave or be forced to behave humbly; be humiliated
Word Origin
C17: earlier an umble pie, by mistaken word division from a numble pie, from numbles offal of a deer, from Old French nombles, ultimately from Latin lumbulus a little loin, from lumbus loin
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
© William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins
Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012
Cite This Source

Word of the Day

Difficulty index for humble pie

Few English speakers likely know this word

Word Value for humble

13
16
Scrabble Words With Friends

Nearby words for humble pie