Modest meaning

mŏdĭst
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.

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Quiet and humble in appearance, style, etc.; not pretentious.

A modest home.

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Behaving, dressing, speaking, etc. in a way that is considered proper or decorous; decent.
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Moderate or reasonable; not extreme.

A modest request.

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Not forward; shy or reserved.

Modest behavior.

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Not bragging or boasting about oneself or one's achievements, unpretentious, humble.
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(especially of behaviour or clothing) Avoiding being sexually suggestive.
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Having or showing a moderate opinion of one's own value, abilities, achievements, etc.; not vain or boastful; unassuming.
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Having or showing a moderate estimation of one's own abilities, accomplishments, or value.

Was too modest to talk about his success.

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Small, moderate in size.

He earns a modest amount of money.

Her latest novel was a modest success.

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Origin of modest

  • Latin modestus med- in Indo-European roots

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition