overmodest

adjective

over·​mod·​est ˌō-vər-ˈmä-dəst How to pronounce overmodest (audio)
: excessively modest
an overmodest young man
is overmodest about her accomplishments
Alexander Graham Bell was overmodest when he predicted: "One day there would be a telephone in every American city."The Guardian
overmodestly adverb
… the outhouse was … overmodestly masked with vines and lattice … Sinclair Lewis
overmodesty noun
If "Africa" has a flaw, it is that Mr. Ungar errs on the side of overmodesty. Xan Smiley

Word History

First Known Use

1648, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of overmodest was in 1648

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“Overmodest.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/overmodest. Accessed 22 Apr. 2024.

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