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  1. not modest in conduct, utterance, etc.; indecent; shameless.
  2. not modest in assertion or pretension; forward; impudent.
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Origin of immodest

First recorded in 1560–70, immodest is from the Latin word immodestus unrestrained, immoderate. See im-2, modest
Related formsim·mod·est·ly, adverbim·mod·es·ty, noun

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Related Words for immodest

bawdy, bold, brazen, coarse, depraved, forward, indecent, lewd, obscene, unseemly, unchaste, revealing, unashamed

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British Dictionary definitions for immodest


  1. indecent, esp with regard to sexual propriety; improper
  2. bold, impudent, or shameless
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Derived Formsimmodestly, adverbimmodesty, noun
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Word Origin and History for immodest


1560s, "arrogant, impudent, pretentious," from Latin immodestus "unrestrained, excessive," from assimilated form of in- "not, opposite of" (see in- (1)) + modestus (see modest). Meaning "indecent" is from 1580s. Related: immodestly.

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