- 1Unassuming or moderate in the estimation of one’s abilities or achievements: he was a very modest man, refusing to take any credit for the enterpriseMore example sentences
- He is a quiet, unassuming lad and so modest about his many talents.
- He's modest about his achievements, self-effacing about his music and finds an old-fashioned dignity in hard work.
- Despite the magnitude of her work, I find Kate surprisingly down to earth and genuinely modest about the achievements she will leave behind when she hands over the reins on her 65th birthday.
- 2(Of an amount, rate, or level of something) relatively moderate, limited, or small: drink modest amounts of alcohol employment growth was relatively modestMore example sentences
- Let's find the relatively modest amounts needed to fund things people want, and let's do it without chopping away at other programs with an axe.
- Australia has long had a remarkably good university system, and used relatively modest levels of public investment in higher education very effectively.
- A relatively modest amount of money could fund programs that would have a significant impact on smoking in Canada and allow those looking to quit to find help.
- 2.1(Of a place in which one lives, eats, or stays) not excessively large, elaborate, or expensive: we had bought a modest houseMore example sentences
- They take great pride in showing their houses, modest flats on the outside, but inside renovated kitchens and bathrooms and all the mod cons amongst the religious icons.
- Our venue became too expensive for our modest means.
- Through the darkness I could make out a modest, tan coloured house with an overgrown garden and grubby looking shudders drooping from the windows.
- 3(Of a woman) dressing or behaving so as to avoid impropriety or indecency, especially to avoid attracting sexual attention.More example sentences
- We see that one should look for a proper, modest woman to be his wife, in order to have an eternal loving relationship.
- She tells him to find a pretty and modest girl whom he respects and to wait until he's through with college, because he's not half good enough for whoever the girl is.
- In other words, nice girls are modest and demure.
- 3.1(Of clothing) not revealing or emphasizing the figure: modest dress means that hemlines must be below the kneeMore example sentences
- My mother showed up dressed in a modest skirt and jacket along with my little brothers, Robert and Connor.
- Some were dressed in very modest gowns, while others were practically falling out of their bodices.
- Finally, I was standing in my under garments and fumbled around in the twilight for some modest clothing.
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- He speaks so quietly and so modestly that it is hard to envisage him as the authoritative playmaker that he is.
- The second set of tablets was given quietly and modestly, and they lasted eternally.
- While the majority modestly said two, others laughed and admitted to drinking at least five cups of coffee.
mid 16th century: from French modeste, from Latin modestus 'keeping due measure', related to modus 'measure'.