Braggart is a noun meaning someone who boasts about their achievements. Exhibitionist is also a noun meaning a person who acts in an extravagant way. Another example of a word in this synonym-family is "show-off".

I am having a lot of trouble thinking of a true antonym for these. Sure, humble or humility work well, but one is an adjective and the other is a noun that someone possesses.

What is a word for a PERSON who is humble or someone who has humility. A word that means "humble person" in the same way "braggart" means "boastful person".

Thank you.

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    A "reserved", "modest", "discrete" or "shy" person.
    – Graffito
    Sep 8, 2015 at 0:38
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    @Graffito "Discreet" is likely what you meant. "Discrete" means something else.
    – Deepak
    Sep 8, 2015 at 1:41
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    Please define 'true' antonym, especially given the context of your request for a true antonym (singular) for different words. Sep 8, 2015 at 3:15
  • @Deepak - yes, I meant "discreet" (marked by prudence or modesty and wise self-restraint), and not "discrete" (distinct) . Shameful mistake :(.
    – Graffito
    Sep 8, 2015 at 9:05
  • What did a thesaurus suggest???
    – Hot Licks
    Nov 27, 2016 at 21:29

2 Answers 2


If it's a noun you're demanding, the closest I can find is introvert:

introvert n 1. a shy person

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    Your answer would be strengthened by providing an explanation of why introvert is suitable, with such supporting dictionary definitions, examples, or other references that may be appropriate. I would disagree; being an extravert is orthagonal to being a blowhard or a ham or a showoff.
    – choster
    Sep 8, 2015 at 14:42
  • @choster hows this? Sep 8, 2015 at 14:56

"Humble" and it's variants would tend to be the natural antonyms here. Most of the other options I think of would be indirect antonyms. That said, consider:

  • Reserved
  • Modest or Discreet (Mentioned in a previous comment)
  • Quietly Confident
  • Modest
  • Welcome to ELU! Could you add some (linked) definitions to prove your answer? Jul 29, 2017 at 14:18

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