from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- adj. Having or showing a moderate estimation of one's own talents, abilities, and value.
- adj. Having or proceeding from a disinclination to call attention to oneself; retiring or diffident. See Synonyms at shy1.
- adj. Observing conventional proprieties in speech, behavior, or dress.
- adj. Free from showiness or ostentation; unpretentious. See Synonyms at plain.
- adj. Moderate or limited in size, quantity, or range; not extreme: a modest price; a newspaper with a modest circulation.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- adj. Not bragging or boasting about oneself or one's achievements, unpretentious, humble.
- adj. Small, moderate in size.
- adj. Avoiding being sexually suggestive.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- adj. Restraining within due limits of propriety; not forward, bold, boastful, or presumptious; rather retiring than pushing one's self forward; not obstructive
- 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.
- adj. Evincing modestly in the actor, author, or speaker; not showing presumption; not excessive or extreme; moderate
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Retiring in disposition or demeanor; restrained by a sense of propriety, humility, or diffidence; not ostentatious, bold, or forward; unobtrusive.
- Acting with decorum or delicacy; restrained by chaste or scrupulous feelings; pure in thought and conduct.
- Manifesting or seeming to manifest humility, propriety, or decorum; not gaudy, showy, or meretricious.
- Moderate; not excessive or extreme; not extravagant: as, a modest computation; a modest fortune.
- Synonyms Unassuming, unpretending, coy, shy. See bashfulness.
- Decent, chaste, virtuous.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- adj. marked by simplicity; having a humble opinion of yourself
- adj. free from pomp or affectation
- adj. limited in size or scope
- adj. not large but sufficient in size or amount
- adj. low or inferior in station or quality
- adj. not offensive to sexual mores in conduct or appearance
- adj. humble in spirit or manner; suggesting retiring mildness or even cowed submissiveness
Latin modestus; see med- in Indo-European roots.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)