Definitions for: Modest

[adj] free from ostentation or pretension; "the restrained elegance of the room"
[adj] limited in size or scope; "a small business"; "a newspaper with a modest circulation"; "small-scale plans"; "a pocket-size country"
[adj] not large but sufficient in size or amount; "a modest salary"; "modest inflation"; "helped in my own small way"
[adj] not offensive to sexual mores in conduct or appearance
[adj] marked by simplicity; having a humble opinion of yourself; "a modest apartment"; "too modest to wear his medals"
[adj] free from pomp or affectation; "comfortable but modest cottages"; "a simple rectangular brick building"; "a simple man with simple tastes"
[adj] humble in spirit or manner; suggesting retiring mildness or even cowed submissiveness; "meek and self-effacing"
[adj] low or inferior in station or quality; "a humble cottage"; "a lowly parish priest"; "a modest man of the people"; "small beginnings"

Webster (1913) Definition: Mod"est, a. [F. modeste, L. modestus, fr. modus
measure. See Mode.]
1. Restraining within due limits of propriety; not forward,
bold, boastful, or presumptious; rather retiring than
pushing one's self forward; not obstructive; as, a modest
youth; a modest man.

2. Observing the proprieties of the sex; not unwomanly in act
or bearing; free from undue familiarity, indecency, or
lewdness; decent in speech and demeanor; -- said of a

Mrs. Ford, the honest woman, the modest wife.

The blushing beauties of a modest maid. --Dryden.

3. Evincing modestly in the actor, author, or speaker; not
showing presumption; not excessive or extreme; moderate;
as, a modest request; modest joy.

Syn: Reserved; unobtrusive; diffident; bashful; coy; shy;
decent; becoming; chaste; virtuous.

Synonyms: coy, decent, demure, discreet, inferior, limited, low, lowly, meek, mild, minor, moderate, overmodest, pocket-size, pocket-sized, restrained, retiring, shamefaced, small, small-scale, unassuming, unostentatious, unpretentious

Antonyms: immodest

See Also: humble

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