We are not often accused of modesty—but we are over-modest, are we not?
You're not so over-modest, and when it is a question of your whole future life——or, can it be?
"I fear you are over-modest, Captain," was all the reply I got; and then my kindly host fell amuse.
In regard to this young woman, the Florence whom he had loved, he had been over-modest.
Philadelphia has always been over-modest as to its personal appearance,—always on the surface, indifferent to flattery.
This act of self-effacement accurately paints the character of the over-modest man.
He was unspeakably good and gentle, forgave injuries, and was over-modest.
Gypsum was over-modest and too conscientious; he had only a trifle of money, and was careless of his attire.
The over-modest feeling some people have that they know nothing to talk about is usually a false impression.
Here, surely, Poe is over-modest; at least he over-states the case against himself.
1560s, "having moderate self-regard," from Middle French modeste (14c.), from Latin modestus "keeping due measure" (see modesty). Of women, "not improper or lewd," 1590s; of female attire, 1610s. Of demands, etc., c.1600. Related: Modestly.