adjective \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

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

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


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