Definitions of modest

  1. Modestly.
  2. limited in size or scope; " a small business"; " a newspaper with a modest circulation"; " small- scale plans"; " a pocket- size country"
  3. not large but sufficient in size or amount; " a modest salary"; " modest inflation"; " helped in my own small way"
  4. not offensive to sexual mores in conduct or appearance
  5. marked by simplicity; having a humble opinion of yourself; " a modest apartment"; " too modest to wear his medals"
  6. free from pomp or affectation; " comfortable but modest cottages"; " a simple rectangular brick building"; " a simple man with simple tastes"
  7. Evincing modestly in the actor, author, or speaker; not showing presumption; not excessive or extreme; moderate; as, a modest request; modest joy.
  8. Restraining within due limits of propriety; not forward, bold, boastful, or presumptious; rather retiring than pushing one's self forward; not obstructive; as, a modest youth; a modest man.
  9. Observing the proprieties of the sex; not unwomanly in act or bearing; free from undue familiarity, indecency, or lewdness; decent in speech and demeanor; - said of a woman.
  10. Held back by a sense of what is fit and proper; retiring, rather than pushing oneself forward; chaste.
  11. Restrained by a due sense of propriety: not forward: decent: chaste: pure and delicate, as thoughts or language: moderate.
  12. Diffident; chaste; not forward; moderate.
  13. Characterized by reserve, propriety, or purity; decorous; chaste; humble.
  14. Restrained by a sense of propriety; not forward, presumptuous, or arrogant; unobtrusive; diffident; not loose or lewd; chaste; moderate. See Mode.
  15. Restrained by a due sense of propriety; not forward or bold; unobtrusive; diffident; becoming; not excessive; reasonable; not lewd; chaste.