Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • adjective Having or showing a moderate estimation of one's own abilities, accomplishments, or value.
  • adjective Having or proceeding from a disinclination to call attention to oneself; retiring or diffident.
  • adjective Observing conventional proprieties in speech, behavior, or dress, especially in the avoidance of arousing sexual interest.
  • adjective Free from showiness or ostentation; unpretentious: synonym: plain.
  • adjective Moderate or limited in size, quantity, or range; not extreme.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • 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.
  • Unpretentious.
  • Synonyms Unassuming, unpretending, coy, shy. See bashfulness.
  • Decent, chaste, virtuous.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • adjective Restraining within due limits of propriety; not forward, bold, boastful, or presumptious; rather retiring than pushing one's self forward; not obstructive
  • adjective 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.
  • adjective Evincing modestly in the actor, author, or speaker; not showing presumption; not excessive or extreme; moderate

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • adjective Not bragging or boasting about oneself or one's achievements, unpretentious, humble.
  • adjective Small, moderate in size.
  • adjective Avoiding being sexually suggestive.

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

  • adjective marked by simplicity; having a humble opinion of yourself
  • adjective free from pomp or affectation
  • adjective limited in size or scope
  • adjective not large but sufficient in size or amount
  • adjective low or inferior in station or quality
  • adjective not offensive to sexual mores in conduct or appearance
  • adjective humble in spirit or manner; suggesting retiring mildness or even cowed submissiveness

Etymologies

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

[Latin modestus; see med- in Indo-European roots.]

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