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Humil(l, Humyl(l, adj. Also: humile, -yle, hwmille, hummill, -yll, hum(m)le, hume(i)ll, -ull, ho(w)mill, himyll, hewmell. [e.m.E. (rare) humile (1542), L. humilis.] Humble, in various contexts.(1) c1420 Wynt. ix. 2790.
To knychtis and sqwyeris and al gentyle He wes famyliare and humyle
?1438 Alex. ii. 7375.
Sueit and humyll he is, … And meik in all his mekill mycht
1490 Irland Mir. I. 6/8.
The meik and hummyll lady and virgin
1521 Acts XII. 40/1.
Ȝoure humile oratouris and servandis
c1520-c1535 Nisbet I. 10.
He … teachit his discipilles to be hwmyll
1535 Stewart 20269.
So large he wes, so humull and so wys
1562-3 Winȝet I. 30/31.
Ane humil sone of the haly kirk
1556 Lauder Off. Kings 248.
Be humyll, meik, and pacient
a1570-86 Maitl. F. lxxxviii. 46.
Be ȝe humane, our humill thay will hald ȝow
1622-6 Bisset I. 11/24.
His maiesties humilest addicted servitoure
c1650 Spalding I. 90.
This matchles lady, humill and discreit
(2) a1500 Henr. III. 157/34.
With humill hairt vpoun our pollis pens
c1475 Wall. viii 1660.
He … with humyll hamly cher, Resauit him
c1500-c1512 Dunb. Tua Mar. W. 265.
Be amiabill with humill face, as angell appeirand
c1540 Lynd. Syde Taillis 137.
With ane humill countenance
1562-3 Winȝet I. 9/25.
With humil spirit
c1590 Fowler I. 137/12.
With humill speche speik this to her againe
(3) 1490 Irland Mir. I. 108/2.
To mak humyll supplicacioune
1524 Acts II. 291/1.
To offire thar humyle seruice to the kingis grace
1531 Bell. Boece I. 178.
The nobillis, movit be his humill wourdis, continewit him still in auctorite
1542-3 Corr. M. Lorraine 8.
Efter hewmell recommendationis on to yowr grace
1554 Argyll Lett. 2.
Eftir maist hwmill commendatioun of my serwice
a1568 Bann. MS. 88 a/28.
I … hir besocht in maist hummill maneir
1582 Colville Lett. 22.
Wyth my homill commendacion of service
1592 Maxwell Mem. II. 167.
My humile commendatiouns of service
1612 Reg. Soltre 257.
Devoit and humeill daylie prayaris
c1650 Spalding I. 214.
To heir thair humill desyres
Ib. 215.
With humill thankis to the King
(b) 1583 Conv. Burghs I. 178.
The supplicatioun and humle sute of David Hume
1607 Maxwell Mem. II. 191.
My hummle serveis remembrit
1688 Reg. Privy C. 3 Ser. XIII. 359.
We … gives your Lordship … most humle and hearty thanks
(4) c1475 Wall. iv. 1.
September, the humyll moneth suette
Ib. viii. 1190.
The humyll breyth doun fra the hewyn availl
1543 Reg. Morton II. 289.
To permute ane plesand palice … with hummill and sober lugeingis

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