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modest

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1 being about midway between extremes of amount or size

  • he was awarded a modest pension when he retired
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2 free from any trace of the coarse or indecent

  • tended to wear more modest swimsuits than the thong-clad guests at the resort
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3 not comfortable around people

  • a modest winner who said a quick thank-you and promptly left the stage
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4 not having or showing any feelings of superiority, self-assertiveness, or showiness

  • appealingly modest about her success in the fashion industry
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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

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