Definitions of decent

  1. enough to meet a purpose; " an adequate income"; " the food was adequate"; " a decent wage"; " enough food"; " food enough"
  2. according with custom or propriety; " her becoming modesty"; " comely behavior"; " it is not comme il faut for a gentleman to be constantly asking for money"; " a decent burial"; " seemly behavior"
  3. in the right manner; " please do your job properly!"; " can't you carry me decent?"
  4. conforming to conventions of sexual behavior; " speech in this circle, if not always decent, never became lewd"- George Santayana
  5. observing conventional sexual mores in speech or behavior or dress; " a modest neckline in her dress"; " though one of her shoulder straps had slipped down, she was perfectly decent by current standards"
  6. ( informal) decently clothed; " are you decent?"
  7. socially or conventionally correct; refined or virtuous; " from a decent family"; " a nice girl"
  8. decently clothed; " are you decent?"
  9. Suitable in words, behavior, dress, or ceremony; becoming; fit; decorous; proper; seemly; as, decent conduct; decent language.
  10. Free from immodesty or obscenity; modest.
  11. Comely; shapely; well- formed.
  12. Moderate, but competent; sufficient; hence, respectable; fairly good; reasonably comfortable or satisfying; as, a decent fortune; a decent person.
  13. Becoming; suitable; respectable; modest; as, decent clothes; passable.
  14. Decently.
  15. Decentness.
  16. Becoming: seemly: proper: modest: moderate: tolerable.
  17. Seemly; proper; modest.
  18. Proper; decorous; respectable; modest; chaste.
  19. Sufficient; passable; moderate.
  20. Becoming; proper; modest; moderate; tolerable.
  21. Becoming in speech, behaviour, dress, & c.; fit; comely; not gaudy; moderate; not large; respectable.

Usage examples for decent

  1. Of course a decent chap wouldn't do a trick like that, only- well, it would certainly be easy enough! – Left End Edwards by Ralph Henry Barbour
  2. You look as if you wanted a change to a decent room, with a little more light and air, pretty badly. – The Great Hunger by Johan Bojer
  3. Some of us, if we were taken to heaven and asked what we thought of it, would say that it is decent or not so bad. – England and the War by Walter Raleigh
  4. As for conversation, there are only five women in London worth talking to, and two of these can't be admitted into decent society. – The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde
  5. They might even yet be men, wear decent clothes, stand up straight and look their fellow men in the eye! – The Social Work of the Salvation Army by Edwin Gifford Lamb
  6. And, Dick, be decent to the girl. – The Silent Places by Steward Edward White
  7. I'm a decent old fellow, but I don't really count any more, while Coxon, lucky dog, is being damned daily on parade. – Echoes of the War by J. M. Barrie
  8. " You'll never get it to look decent that way. – Dixie Hart by Will N. Harben
  9. She begged me to buy her, and I told Mr. Buckner that if she was treated half decent I believed she would get well. – A Woman's Life-Work Labors and Experiences by Laura S. Haviland
  10. " I suppose it would be only decent for me to get started at something," she said, after a while. – Undertow by Kathleen Norris
  11. I hope so, for I'm convinced that Dave Darrin is as decent a fellow as ever signed papers at Annapolis." – Dave Darrin's First Year at Annapolis by H. Irving Hancock
  12. Well, it was decent of you, Hugh, I must say. – The Complete PG Edition of The Works of Winston Churchill by Winston Churchill
  13. And I thought it was so decent of you to come round and look me up on that first morning." – The Safety Curtain, and Other Stories by Ethel M. Dell
  14. You want to know if I am decent – The Girl of the Golden West by David Belasco
  15. Every woman has at heart one chance to be decent – We Three by Gouverneur Morris
  16. You never got me a decent job yet. – The Competitive Nephew by Montague Glass
  17. To the best of my knowledge, he's never had a really decent opportunity to take a prisoner, you know what I mean? – An Encounter in Atlanta by Ed Howdershelt
  18. But I'd like her better if she was dressed decent – The Call of the Canyon by Zane Grey
  19. Not if Virginia can make a decent excuse to leave me behind. – The Castle Of The Shadows by Alice Muriel Williamson
  20. All right, sir, you're so decent about it! – The Last Shot by Frederick Palmer