Modest Definition

mŏdĭst
adjective
modester, modestest
Having or showing a moderate opinion of one's own value, abilities, achievements, etc.; not vain or boastful; unassuming.
Webster's New World
Having or proceeding from a disinclination to call attention to oneself; retiring or diffident.
A quiet, modest demeanor.
American Heritage
Not forward; shy or reserved.
Modest behavior.
Webster's New World
Behaving, dressing, speaking, etc. in a way that is considered proper or decorous; decent.
Webster's New World
Observing conventional proprieties in speech, behavior, or dress, especially in the avoidance of arousing sexual interest.
American Heritage
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Other Word Forms of Modest

Adjective

Base Form:
modest
Comparative:
modester
Superlative:
modestest

Origin of Modest

  • Latin modestus med- in Indo-European roots

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

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