Meaning of numbles in English:


Pronunciation /ˈnʌmb(ə)lz/

plural noun

(also umbles)
  • The entrails of an animal, especially a deer, as used for food.

    ‘Another, archaic, English word for insides, especially those of deer, was ‘umbles’, a term which survives in the expression ‘to eat humble pie’, meaning to be apologetic or submissive.’
    • ‘People translate the defunct word ‘umbles’ for the innards of a deer into ‘humble’, as in ‘humble pie’.’
    • ‘Such a pie was originally made from umbles (the innards of a deer) and was so recognized until the 19c.’
    • ‘The original umbles were the innards of the deer: the liver, heart, entrails and other second-class bits.’
    • ‘So in the 15th century numbles lost its initial ‘n’ and became umbles, possibly also through confusion with the supposed French word l' umbles (from lumbles).’
    gut, guts, entrails, viscera


Middle English (denoting the back and loins of a deer): from Old French, from Latin lumbulus, diminutive of lumbus ‘loin’.