Definitions of modest

  1. humble in spirit or manner; suggesting retiring mildness or even cowed submissiveness; " meek and self- effacing"
  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. Modestly.
  11. Held back by a sense of what is fit and proper; retiring, rather than pushing oneself forward; chaste.
  12. Restrained by a due sense of propriety: not forward: decent: chaste: pure and delicate, as thoughts or language: moderate.
  13. Diffident; chaste; not forward; moderate.
  14. Characterized by reserve, propriety, or purity; decorous; chaste; humble.
  15. Restrained by a sense of propriety; not forward, presumptuous, or arrogant; unobtrusive; diffident; not loose or lewd; chaste; moderate. See Mode.
  16. Restrained by a due sense of propriety; not forward or bold; unobtrusive; diffident; becoming; not excessive; reasonable; not lewd; chaste.

Usage examples for modest

  1. At the office all the morning, where comes my Lord Brunkard with his patent in his hand, and delivered it to Sir J. Minnes and myself, we alone being there all the day, and at noon I in his coach with him to the 'Change, where he set me down; a modest civil person he seems to be, but wholly ignorant in the business of the Navy as possible, but I hope to make a friend of him, being a worthy man. – Diary of Samuel Pepys, Complete Transcribed From The Shorthand Manuscript In The Pepysian Library Magdalene College Cambridge By The Rev. Mynors Bright by Samuel Pepys Commentator: Lord Braybrooke
  2. You are extremely modest, I must say. – Peggy Stewart at School by Gabrielle E. Jackson
  3. Money, or a faithful and modest friend.... – The Pleasures of Life by Sir John Lubbock
  4. My hope is far more modest. – Socialism: Positive and Negative by Robert Rives La Monte
  5. He is of good family, I believe, but you need not be too modest as regards yourself. – Walter Sherwood's Probation by Horatio Alger
  6. The recent arrival of General Desaix, who had just returned from Egypt, completed the joy of the general- in- chief, and also added much to the confidence of the soldiers, by whom the good and modest Desaix was adored. – The Project Gutenberg Memoirs of Napoleon Bonaparte by Bourrienne, Constant, and Stewarton
  7. And he was speaking as to a friend, for he was very modest, and would not have spoken of the thing; except to help; that would always bring anything he had. – Quiet Talks on Service by S. D. Gordon
  8. I have already given away 20 dollars out of my extremely modest resources. – Travels in the Great Desert of Sahara, in the Years of 1845 and 1846 by James Richardson
  9. Dick was silent for a moment and then answered, " No, Esther, I do not believe you appreciate what a great gift you have; you are too modest and care too little for the applause most of the people in the world are willing to sacrifice everything for." – The Camp Fire Girls Across the Seas by Margaret Vandercook
  10. They drove down the whole long street at a furious rate, turned to the right, and, after many more turns, stopped at last before a house of modest appearance. – The Clique of Gold by Emile Gaboriau
  11. Ursula Dearmer herself was modest, and claimed no sort of intimacy with the shell that waked her up. – A Journal of Impressions in Belgium by May Sinclair
  12. " Now I hope you will feel less pain," she says, with modest triumph. – Mrs. Geoffrey by Duchess
  13. A man with a modest opinion of himself would have taken warning, and would have said no more. – Jezebel's Daughter by Wilkie Collins
  14. " That's what all my friends tell me," rejoined the modest youth. – The Girl Aviators' Sky Cruise by Margaret Burnham
  15. We passed through a reception room to his library, where everything showed that he had ample means for indulging the modest tastes of a scholar. – The Complete PG Works of Oliver Wendell Holmes, Sr. by Oliver Wendell Holmes, Sr. (The Physician and Poet not the Jurist)
  16. Franklin stood silent, with a firm but modest look. – The Parent's Assistant by Maria Edgeworth
  17. He joined to the politeness and elegance of conversation a modest air, which rendered him amiable. – Curiosities of Literature, Vol. 1 (of 3) by Isaac D'Israeli
  18. " I see you are modest. – The Young Musician or, Fighting His Way by Horatio Alger
  19. The second time was when her husband was lying dead in the modest home to which he had taken her. – The Flag by Homer Greene