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modest

mod·est

modest

 
 
pronunciation:
ma dihst
part of speech: adjective
definition 1: having or expressing a relatively low or moderate opinion of one's abilities, achievements, worth, importance, or the like.
I told her she was too modest and should believe in herself more.
synonyms:
humble, self-effacing
antonyms:
arrogant, conceited, grandiose, high-flown, immodest, pompous, proud, snooty, superior, vain
similar words:
meek, unassuming, unpretentious
definition 2: not boastful or outgoing; somewhat shy or reserved.
The firefighter was modest about his role in the rescue of the children, saying that anyone would have done what he did.
synonyms:
demure, humble, reserved, reticent, retiring, self-effacing, simple, unassuming, unpretentious
antonyms:
boastful, cocksure, cocky, outgoing
similar words:
bashful, coy, diffident, meek, shy, timid, undemonstrative
definition 3: humble in appearance; not showy or extravagant; unpretentious.
They could have bought a much larger house, but they were happy in their modest home with its cheerful garden.
synonyms:
humble, simple, unpretentious
antonyms:
brassy, flamboyant, grandiose, imposing, magnificent, majestic, palatial, pompous, showy
similar words:
austere, discreet, lowly, plain, unassuming, unobtrusive
definition 4: proper or decent, according to social conventions.
She chose a modest one-piece bathing suit.
synonyms:
decent, discreet, seemly
antonyms:
immodest, shameless
similar words:
appropriate, decorous, prim, proper, prudish, strait-laced, tasteful
definition 5: moderate in quantity, size, value, or the like; not extreme.
She makes a modest income with her art work.
synonyms:
medium, moderate
antonyms:
great, immoderate
similar words:
adequate, average, fair, insubstantial, middling, minimal, nominal, normal, passable, slight, small, standard, token, typical
derivation: modestly (adv.)