What does Humblebrag mean?

A humble way of saying something that still highlights something good about you

A humblebrag is a clever combination of the words “humble” and “brag”. It describes a situation where someone makes a seemingly modest or self-deprecating statement with the actual intent of drawing attention to something they’re pretty proud of.

It’s a tactic often employed by individuals who feel they’re not getting the right amount of recognition or attention for their accomplishments. They might drop a humblebrag in casual conversation, hoping to subtly highlight their achievements.

Another term for a humblebrag is a backdoor brag. This is because the person is essentially trying to sneak their brag in through the ‘back door’ by disguising it as humility. The term humblebrag can be used as both a verb – as in the action of humblebragging – and a noun – as in the act itself.

Example for using ‘Humblebrag’ in a conversation

Just got back from volunteering at the animal shelter. It was so exhausting, but totally worth it. πŸ˜…

That’s awesome! I’m glad you had a good experience. 🐢

Yeah, it’s just something I like to do in my free time, you know. πŸ™ƒ

Oh, so you’re not just saving lives, you’re also humble about it. 😏