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modest

adjective mod·est \ˈmä-dəst\

: not very large in size or amount

: not too proud or confident about yourself or your abilities : not showing or feeling great or excessive pride

of clothing : not showing too much of a person's body

Full Definition of MODEST

1
a :  placing a moderate estimate on one's abilities or worth
b :  neither bold nor self-assertive :  tending toward diffidence
2
:  arising from or characteristic of a modest nature
3
:  observing the proprieties of dress and behavior :  decent
4
a :  limited in size, amount, or scope <a family of modest means>
b :  unpretentious <a modest home>
mod·est·ly adverb
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Examples of MODEST

  1. They own a modest home near the beach.
  2. She enjoyed modest success with her singing career.
  3. He earns a modest income.
  4. We live on a modest budget.
  5. New cars are now available at relatively modest prices.
  6. He has only a modest amount of knowledge on the subject.
  7. It is a book of only modest importance.
  8. She's very modest about her achievements.
  9. Don't be so modest. Your performance was wonderful!
  10. I'm not a hero. I was just doing my job, he said in his characteristically modest way.
  11. The foundry work was grueling, but for a little longer Brierfield afforded these African Americans a way station of modest freedom and a residue of authentic independence that was fast disappearing for most rural blacks. —Douglas A. Blackmon, Slavery By Another Name, 2008

Origin of MODEST

Latin modestus moderate; akin to Latin modus measure
First Known Use: 1565

Synonym Discussion of MODEST

shy, bashful, diffident, modest, coy mean not inclined to be forward. shy implies a timid reserve and a shrinking from familiarity or contact with others <shy with strangers>. bashful implies a frightened or hesitant shyness characteristic of childhood and adolescence <a bashful boy out on his first date>. diffident stresses a distrust of one's own ability or opinion that causes hesitation in acting or speaking <felt diffident about raising an objection>. modest suggests absence of undue confidence or conceit <modest about her success>. coy implies a pretended shyness <put off by her coy manner>.

chaste, pure, modest, decent mean free from all taint of what is lewd or salacious. chaste primarily implies a refraining from acts or even thoughts or desires that are not virginal or not sanctioned by marriage vows <they maintained chaste relations>. pure differs from chaste in implying innocence and absence of temptation rather than control of one's impulses and actions <the pure of heart>. modest and decent apply especially to deportment and dress as outward signs of inward chastity or purity <preferred more modest swimsuits> <decent people didn't go to such movies>.
MODESTLY Defined for Kids

modest

adjective mod·est \ˈmä-dəst\

Definition of MODEST for Kids

1
:  not overly proud or confident :  not boastful <Though champion, he was a modest winner.>
2
:  limited in size or amount <modest wealth>
3
:  not showy <She lives in a modest house.>
4
:  decent in thought, conduct, and dress
mod·est·ly adverb

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