Definition of Modest

1. Adjective. Marked by simplicity; having a humble opinion of yourself. "Too modest to wear his medals"

Similar to: Retiring, Unassuming
Also: Humble
Antonyms: Immodest
Derivative terms: Modestness

2. Adjective. Not large but sufficient in size or amount. "Helped in my own small way"
Exact synonyms: Small
Similar to: Moderate
Derivative terms: Modestness, Smallness

3. Adjective. Free from pomp or affectation. "A simple man with simple tastes"
Similar to: Unpretentious

4. Adjective. Not offensive to sexual mores in conduct or appearance.
Attributes: Modestness, Modesty
Also: Decent
Similar to: Coy, Demure, Overmodest, Decent, Decent, Shamefaced
Antonyms: Immodest
Derivative terms: Modestness

5. Adjective. Low or inferior in station or quality. "Small beginnings"
Exact synonyms: Humble, Low, Lowly, Small
Similar to: Inferior
Derivative terms: Humbleness, Lowness

6. Adjective. Humble in spirit or manner; suggesting retiring mildness or even cowed submissiveness. "Meek and self-effacing"
Exact synonyms: Meek, Mild
Similar to: Humble
Derivative terms: Meekness, Meekness

7. Adjective. Limited in size or scope. "A pocket-size country"
Exact synonyms: Minor, Pocket-size, Pocket-sized, Small, Small-scale
Similar to: Limited
Derivative terms: Smallness

Definition of Modest

1. a. 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.

Definition of Modest

1. Adjective. Not bragging or boasting about oneself or one's achievements, unpretentious, humble. ¹

2. Adjective. Small, moderate in size. ¹

3. Adjective. (especially of behaviour or clothing) Avoiding being sexually suggestive. ¹

¹ Source: wiktionary.com

Definition of Modest

1. having a moderate regard for oneself [adj -ESTER, -ESTEST] : MODESTLY [adv]

Medical Definition of Modest

1. 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 woman. "Mrs. Ford, the honest woman, the modest wife." (Shak) "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. Synonym: Reserved, unobtrusive, diffident, bashful, coy, shy, decent, becoming, chaste, virtuous. Origin: F. Modeste, L. Modestus, fr. Modus measure. See Mode. Source: Websters Dictionary (01 Mar 1998)

Lexicographical Neighbors of Modest

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modernness
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modicity

Literary usage of Modest

Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:

1. Romeo and Juliet by William Shakespeare, Peter Augustin Daniel (1874)
"... Or the true Picture of a modest Maid, aiid of a Chast and constant wife,' 1594; f. extracts from Marston, Carew, &c.; a. Gabriel Harvey's Third Letter, ..."

2. A Dictionary of the English Language: In which the Words are Deduced from ...by Samuel Johnson by Samuel Johnson (1805)
"Boyle's Seraphic Love. The great corrupters of discourse have not so unfruitful of themselves. • Cev. if £c Tmg.uj Diffident of himself; modest ..."

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