- The definition of modest is someone or something that is humble or shy or not extreme.
- An example of modest is a person who doesn't easily take their clothes off around others.
- An example of modest is a simple house.
- having or showing a moderate opinion of one's own value, abilities, achievements, etc.; not vain or boastful; unassuming
- not forward; shy or reserved: modest behavior
- behaving, dressing, speaking, etc. in a way that is considered proper or decorous; decent
- moderate or reasonable; not extreme: a modest request
- quiet and humble in appearance, style, etc.; not pretentious: a modest home
Origin: Fr modeste from Classical Latin modestus, keeping due measure, modest from modus: see mode
- modestly adverb
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- Having or showing a moderate estimation of one's own talents, abilities, and value.
- Having or proceeding from a disinclination to call attention to oneself; retiring or diffident. See Synonyms at shy1.
- Observing conventional proprieties in speech, behavior, or dress.
- Free from showiness or ostentation; unpretentious. See Synonyms at plain.
- Moderate or limited in size, quantity, or range; not extreme: a modest price; a newspaper with a modest circulation.
Origin: Latin modestus; see med- in Indo-European roots.
- modˈest·ly adverb