Definitions for modest
Here are all the possible meanings and translations of the word modest.
marked by simplicity; having a humble opinion of yourself
"a modest apartment"; "too modest to wear his medals"
not large but sufficient in size or amount
"a modest salary"; "modest inflation"; "helped in my own small way"
free from pomp or affectation
"comfortable but modest cottages"; "a simple rectangular brick building"; "a simple man with simple tastes"
not offensive to sexual mores in conduct or appearance
humble, low, lowly, modest, smalladjective
low or inferior in station or quality
"a humble cottage"; "a lowly parish priest"; "a modest man of the people"; "small beginnings"
meek, mild, modestadjective
humble in spirit or manner; suggesting retiring mildness or even cowed submissiveness
"meek and self-effacing"
minor, modest, small, small-scale, pocket-size, pocket-sizedadjective
limited in size or scope
"a small business"; "a newspaper with a modest circulation"; "small-scale plans"; "a pocket-size country"
Not bragging or boasting about oneself or one's achievements, unpretentious, humble.
Small, moderate in size.
(especially of behaviour or clothing) Avoiding being sexually suggestive.
Samuel Johnson's Dictionary
Etymology: modeste, Fr. modestus, Latin.
Of boasting more than of a tomb afraid;
A soldier should be modest as a maid. Edward Young.
Resolve me with all modest haste, which way
Thou might’st deserve, or they impose this usage. William Shakespeare.
Her face, as in a nymph, display’d
A fair fierce boy, or in a boy betray’d
The blushing beauties of a modest maid. John Dryden, Ovid.
Mrs. Ford, the honest woman, the modest wife, the virtuous creature, that hath the jealous fool to her husband. William Shakespeare, Merry Wives of Windsor.
There appears much joy in him, even so much that joy could not shew itself modest enough without a badge of bitterness. William Shakespeare, Much ado about nothing.
During the last four years, by a modest computation, there have been brought into Brest above six millions sterling in bullion. Joseph Addison, State of the War.
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
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
evincing modestly in the actor, author, or speaker; not showing presumption; not excessive or extreme; moderate; as, a modest request; modest joy
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.
Chambers 20th Century Dictionary
mod′est, adj. restrained by a sense of propriety: not forward: decent: chaste: pure and delicate, as thoughts or language: not excessive or extreme: moderate.—adv. Mod′estly.—n. Mod′esty, humility: purity of thought and manners: becoming behaviour: chastity, purity: moderation. [Fr.,—L. modestus—modus; a measure.]
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Rank popularity for the word 'modest' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #4003
Rank popularity for the word 'modest' in Adjectives Frequency: #540
The numerical value of modest in Chaldean Numerology is: 9
The numerical value of modest in Pythagorean Numerology is: 4
Our expectations around revenue and its relation to pricing have been very modest, so declining oil prices will impact the government's flexibility but we will balance the budget in 2015.
We continue to see a large drag from private inventory investment as trimming headline growth, but with a smaller drag from net trade and more modest equipment investment, the composition of third-quarter GDP is likely to be more balanced.
Rihanna typifies the seismic change we've seen in the Rich List in recent years. Once dominated by inherited wealth, the bulk of our 1,000 entries are now self-made people with modest and even troubled starts in life who are driven to work exceptionally hard.
The superior man is modest in his speech, but exceeds in his actions.
We still expect equity returns to be driven by modest growth and some re-rating this year, but volatility is likely to remain near-term.
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- حيي, متواضع, خجولArabic
- modestCatalan, Valencian
- beskeden, anstændig, sømmelig, moderat, blufærdig, ærbarDanish
- ταπεινός, μετριόφρων, σεμνόςGreek
- modesto, modestaSpanish
- vaatimaton, nöyräFinnish
- náiriúil, náireachIrish
- պարկեշտ, համեստArmenian
- irrisorio, modesto, esiguoItalian
- 謙遜した, 謙虚Japanese
- bescheiden, ingetogenDutch
- благопристойный, скромныйRussian
- liten, blygsamSwedish
- khiêm tốnVietnamese
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