adjective marked by simplicity; having a humble opinion of yourself
- a modest apartment
- too modest to wear his medals
adjective satellite not large but sufficient in size or amount
- a modest salary
- modest inflation
- helped in my own small way
adjective satellite free from pomp or affectation
- comfortable but modest cottages
- a simple rectangular brick building
- a simple man with simple tastes
adjective not offensive to sexual mores in conduct or appearance
adjective satellite low or inferior in station or quality
small; humble; low; lowly.
- a humble cottage
- a lowly parish priest
- a modest man of the people
- small beginnings
adjective satellite humble in spirit or manner; suggesting retiring mildness or even cowed submissiveness
adjective satellite limited in size or scope
pocket-size; pocket-sized; small; minor; small-scale.
- a small business
- a newspaper with a modest circulation
- small-scale plans
- a pocket-size country
, L. modestus
, fr. modus
measure. See Mode
- 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.
- 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 woman.
Mrs. Ford, the honest woman, the modest wife.
The blushing beauties of a modest maid.
- 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.
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