1. 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. 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.
Mrs. Ford, the honest woman, the modest wife. --Shak.
The blushing beauties of a modest maid. --Dryden.
3. Evincing modestly in the actor, author, or speaker; not showing presumption; not excessive or extreme; moderate; as, a modest request; modest joy.
Syn: -- Reserved; unobtrusive; diffident; bashful; coy; shy; decent; becoming; chaste; virtuous.
adj 1: marked by simplicity; having a humble opinion of yourself;
"a modest apartment"; "too modest to wear his medals"
2: not large but sufficient in size or amount; "a modest
salary"; "modest inflation"; "helped in my own small way"
3: free from pomp or affectation; "comfortable but modest
cottages"; "a simple rectangular brick building"; "a
simple man with simple tastes"
4: not offensive to sexual mores in conduct or appearance [ant:
5: low or inferior in station or quality; "a humble cottage";
"a lowly parish priest"; "a modest man of the people";
"small beginnings" [syn: humble, low, lowly, small]
6: humble in spirit or manner; suggesting retiring mildness or
even cowed submissiveness; "meek and self-effacing" [syn:
7: limited in size or scope; "a small business"; "a newspaper
with a modest circulation"; "small-scale plans"; "a
pocket-size country" [syn: minor, small, small-scale,
8: free from ostentation or pretension; "the restrained
elegance of the room" [syn: restrained, unostentatious]