- having or showing a moderate or humble estimate of one's merits, importance, etc.; free from vanity, egotism, boastfulness, or great pretensions.
- free from ostentation or showy extravagance: a modest house.
- having or showing regard for the decencies of behavior, speech, dress, etc.; decent: a modest neckline on a dress.
- limited or moderate in amount, extent, etc.: a modest increase in salary.
Origin of modest
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Examples from the Web for modestly
Williamson “talks fluently and modestly about his art,” Barkham wrote.Blessed or Cursed? Child Prodigies Reveal All
November 17, 2014
If I am dressed “modestly,” then they can perhaps generate a modicum of understanding.
Perhaps to prove its literary mettle, A Time to Kill, at first, sold only modestly (it has since sold fifteen million copies).Still Killing Time: John Grisham Talks Broadway and “Sycamore Row”
October 24, 2013
Demand in the biggest retail sector – autos – rose only modestly last month.The Shutdown that Stole Christmas?
October 11, 2013
Creating lots of new yen cheapens the currency, which is a boon for exporters and is modestly inflationary.Japan’s Fiscal Crossroads: Will Abenomics Mean Tougher Changes?
July 26, 2013
"I am afraid you give me too much credit," said Robert, modestly.Brave and Bold
"Perhaps you may have heard of me before," said he, modestly.The Three Golden Apples
"But I play to win," he modestly met it, and again they laughed.Quaint Courtships
"I modestly but freely told him what I thought" of Paradise Lost!The Works of Whittier, Volume VI (of VII)
John Greenleaf Whittier
Be careful not to sing too loud, or anything like that: just do it all modestly, as if you were used to it.The Fortune Hunter
Louis Joseph Vance
- having or expressing a humble opinion of oneself or one's accomplishments or abilities
- reserved or shymodest behaviour
- not ostentatious or pretentious
- not extreme or excessive; moderate
- decorous or decent
Word Origin and History for modestly
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.