Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • adj. Lacking modesty.
  • adj. Offending against sexual mores in conduct or appearance; indecent: a bathing suit considered immodest by the local people.
  • adj. Not properly restrained in expression or self-assertion; boastful: immodest claims in advertising and promotion.
  • adj. Arrogant.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. Lacking in modesty; shameless.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Not limited to due bounds; immoderate.
  • adj. Not modest; wanting in the reserve or restraint which decorum and decency require; indecent; indelicate; obscene; lewd

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Not modest as regards one's pretension or assertions; forward; arrogant.
  • Not modest in conduct, utterance, or significance; wanting delicacy or propriety; especially, showing lewdness of thought or feeling; indelicate; indecent.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adj. offending against sexual mores in conduct or appearance
  • adj. having or showing an exaggerated opinion of your importance, ability, etc

Etymologies

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

Latin immodestus : in-, not; see in-1 + modestus, moderate, modest; see med- in Indo-European roots.

Examples

  • If these feminists want to raise their daughters by letting them loose on the street in immodest clothes, then I say, they are the parents, they can do as they like with their own daughters, but let the ones who want to raise them differently, accompaniy them when they see fit.

    Protecting Our Daughters

  • Dharma's salespeople are very helpful if you have any questions, and their catalog (warning: does have photos of girls in immodest garments - they sell lots of halter tops, etc.) cracks me up with its ironic asides.

    Dyeing Day

  • We don't want the girls coming in immodest clothing.

    Archive 2005-09-01

  • If the home, dubbed Howard Hall by visiting friends from Montana, were not showing some of its 106 years, it could fairly be described as immodest.

    MY EMPIRE OF DIRT

  • "A member of the Modesty Patrol, a group of ultra-Orthodox men working to eradicate so-called immodest behavior in Haredi areas, has detailed in a rare interview an organization that enjoys the support of rabbis and the police." thanks Rakia

    Wednesday, August 20, 2008

  • At one point, as if to continue the triple "Sanctus, Sanctus, Sanctus" repeated on three different lines, you saw three ferocious figures with human heads, two of which were bent, one downward and one upward, to join in a kiss you would not have hesitated to call immodest if you were not persuaded that a profound, even if not evident, spiritual meaning must surely have justified that illustration at that point.

    The Name of the Rose

  • There was a good deal of splashing and horse-play, but nothing you could call immodest, though my fair skin came in for an amount of attention I had to get used to.

    The White Wolf and Other Fireside Tales

  • Not that Thumbeline could be called immodest, unless a baby can be so described, or an animal.

    Lore of Proserpine

  • The harm done by the "immodest" clothing is as bad as you say it is, trust me.

    Portrait in Blue, by Gabriel Nicolet, 1856-1921

  • The party outlawed pornography and cracked down on "immodest" clothing, enforcing a fashion for sexless quilted suits.

    Joining The Party

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