im·​mod·​est | \ (ˌ)i(m)-ˈmä-dəst How to pronounce immodest (audio) \

Definition of immodest

: not modest specifically : not conforming to the sexual mores of a particular time or place

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Other Words from immodest

immodestly adverb
immodesty \ (ˌ)i(m)-​ˈmä-​də-​stē How to pronounce immodesty (audio) \ noun

Synonyms & Antonyms for immodest


bold, familiar, forward, free, overfamiliar, presuming, presumptuous


modest, unassuming

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Examples of immodest in a Sentence

Although it might sound immodest of me to say so, I am very proud of what we have accomplished. an immodest proposal for altering the town's traditional character by an uppity newcomer at his first town meeting

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The same men who talked about time devoted to the treadmill ate immodest portions of foods that were—how to put this?— Jon Wertheim,, "The after-party: Inside the life of the modern professional athlete in retirement," 3 July 2017 My brother Saif says people get really angry at women who look immodest. Diaa Hadid, New York Times, "My Hajj Reading List: Preparing for Mecca SEPT. 8, 2016," 9 Sep. 2016 This relieves a generous soul like coach Steve Kerr of needing to be immodest or arrogant, avoiding any sort of fuss that would cause anyone to pay further attention to them. Bernie Lincicome,, "Dynasty and greatest are words not to associate with Warriors," 16 June 2017 Mr. Almqvist said, which means immodest shavings of truffles and tender lobster spoon-fed to diners by the chef himself. Ingrid K. Williams, New York Times, "A Once-Dead Stockholm Enclave Gets a Shot of Youthful Energy," 21 Dec. 2016

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First Known Use of immodest

1550, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for immodest

Latin immodestus, from in- + modestus modest

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The first known use of immodest was in 1550

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English Language Learners Definition of immodest

: having or showing a high or too high opinion of yourself or your worth
of clothing : showing a lot of your body in a way that is considered improper


im·​mod·​est | \ i-ˈmä-dəst How to pronounce immodest (audio) \

Kids Definition of immodest

1 : not proper in thought, conduct, or dress immodest behavior
2 : being vain or showing vanity He was immodest to call himself a hero.

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to move with exaggerated bouncy motions

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