modest

modest
mod|est [ˈmɔdıst US ˈma:-] adj
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1¦(not proud)¦
2¦(not big)¦
3¦(shy)¦
4¦(clothes)¦
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[Date: 1500-1600; : Latin; Origin: modestus]
1.) ¦(NOT PROUD)¦
someone who is modest does not want to talk about their abilities or achievements
≠ ↑immodest, boastful ↑boastful modest about
He was always modest about his role in the Everest expedition.
You're too modest! You've been a huge help to us.
2.) ¦(NOT BIG)¦
not very great, big, or expensive
a modest increase in costs
She had saved a modest amount of money.
The new service proved a modest success .
a modest house with a small garden
his modest ambitions
3.) ¦(SHY)¦
shy about showing your body or attracting sexual interest, because you are easily embarrassed
≠ ↑immodest
She was a modest girl, always keeping covered, even in summer.
4.) ¦(CLOTHES)¦
old-fashioned modest clothing covers the body in a way that does not attract sexual interest
a modest knee-length dress
>modestly adv
'I was just lucky,' he said modestly.
modestly priced meals

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