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Meaning & Definition of Modest in English

English

Modest

/mɑdəst/

adjective

1. Marked by simplicity

  • Having a humble opinion of yourself
  • "A modest apartment"
  • "Too modest to wear his medals"
    synonym:
  • modest

2. Not large but sufficient in size or amount

  • "A modest salary"
  • "Modest inflation"
  • "Helped in my own small way"
    synonym:
  • modest
  • ,
  • small

3. Free from pomp or affectation

  • "Comfortable but modest cottages"
  • "A simple rectangular brick building"
  • "A simple man with simple tastes"
    synonym:
  • modest

4. Not offensive to sexual mores in conduct or appearance

    synonym:
  • modest

5. Low or inferior in station or quality

  • "A humble cottage"
  • "A lowly parish priest"
  • "A modest man of the people"
  • "Small beginnings"
    synonym:
  • humble
  • ,
  • low
  • ,
  • lowly
  • ,
  • modest
  • ,
  • small

6. Humble in spirit or manner

  • Suggesting retiring mildness or even cowed submissiveness
  • "Meek and self-effacing"
    synonym:
  • meek
  • ,
  • mild
  • ,
  • modest

7. Limited in size or scope

  • "A small business"
  • "A newspaper with a modest circulation"
  • "Small-scale plans"
  • "A pocket-size country"
    synonym:
  • minor
  • ,
  • modest
  • ,
  • small
  • ,
  • small-scale
  • ,
  • pocket-size
  • ,
  • pocket-sized

Examples of using

On this day in 1887 appeared in Warsaw a booklet of Ludwik Lejzer Zamenhof about the "International Language". Its size was modest, its motto ambitious: "For a language to be an international one, is not enough to call it as such." The name of the author was given as "Dr. Esperanto".
As far as I know, Mr. Smith was a modest man.
After winning the Nobel prize, she remained as modest as ever.