Definitions for modestˈmɒd ɪst

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

mod•est*ˈmɒd ɪst(adj.)

  1. having or showing a moderate or humble estimate of one's merits, importance, etc.

  2. free from ostentation:

    a modest house.

  3. having or showing regard for the decencies of behavior, speech, dress, etc.

  4. limited or moderate in amount, extent, etc.

* Syn: modest , demure , prudish suggest conformity to the recognized standards of propriety and good taste, as in speech, manner, dress, or attitude. modest implies a becoming humility and reserve, and a taste for things that are simple and refined: a successful, yet modest, executive.demure describes a subdued and proper manner, but often one that seems affected or insincere: a demure glance.prudish suggests an exaggerated propriety and an irritatingly self-righteous air: a prudish objection to an off-color remark.

Origin of modest:

1555–65; < L modestus restrained, decorous =modes- (s. of *modus, akin to modusmode1) +-tus adj. suffix


Princeton's WordNet

  1. modest(adj)

    marked by simplicity; having a humble opinion of yourself

    "a modest apartment"; "too modest to wear his medals"

  2. modest, small(adj)

    not large but sufficient in size or amount

    "a modest salary"; "modest inflation"; "helped in my own small way"

  3. modest(adj)

    free from pomp or affectation

    "comfortable but modest cottages"; "a simple rectangular brick building"; "a simple man with simple tastes"

  4. modest(adj)

    not offensive to sexual mores in conduct or appearance

  5. humble, low, lowly, modest, small(adj)

    low or inferior in station or quality

    "a humble cottage"; "a lowly parish priest"; "a modest man of the people"; "small beginnings"

  6. meek, mild, modest(adj)

    humble in spirit or manner; suggesting retiring mildness or even cowed submissiveness

    "meek and self-effacing"

  7. minor, modest, small, small-scale, pocket-size, pocket-sized(adj)

    limited in size or scope

    "a small business"; "a newspaper with a modest circulation"; "small-scale plans"; "a pocket-size country"

Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary

  1. modest(adjective)ˈmɒd ɪst

    ≠ boastful

    He's very modest, but he's an excellent skier.

  2. modestˈmɒd ɪst

    ≠ lavish

    a very modest hotel; The wedding celebrations were modest.; It is the custom here to dress modestly.; "I play the piano fairly well," she replied modestly.


  1. modest(Adjective)

    Not bragging or boasting about oneself or one's achievements, unpretentious, humble.

  2. modest(Adjective)

    Small, moderate in size.

  3. modest(Adjective)

    (especially of behaviour or clothing) Avoiding being sexually suggestive.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Modest(adj)

    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

  2. Modest(adj)

    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

  3. Modest(adj)

    evincing modestly in the actor, author, or speaker; not showing presumption; not excessive or extreme; moderate; as, a modest request; modest joy


  1. Modest

    Modest is a free, open source, email client developed by Nokia's maemo project. Small and lightweight, it is intended for use on hardware with “modest” resources, in particular Nokia's N800 and N810 Internet Tablets running Internet Tablet OS 2008, as well as the N900 mobile phone running Maemo. Modest is based on the lightweight Tinymail email framework.

British National Corpus

  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'modest' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #4003

  2. Adjectives Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'modest' in Adjectives Frequency: #540

Translations for modest

Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary


not having, or showing, too high an opinion of one's abilities etc

He's very modest about his success.

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