- 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 over-modest
You're not so over-modest, and when it is a question of your whole future life——or, can it be?A Noble Name
Claire Von Glmer
We are not often accused of modesty—but we are over-modest, are we not?Vignettes of Manhattan; Outlines in Local Color
He was unspeakably good and gentle, forgave injuries, and was over-modest.Tales by Polish Authors
In regard to this young woman, the Florence whom he had loved, he had been over-modest.Mr. Scarborough's Family
"I fear you are over-modest, Captain," was all the reply I got; and then my kindly host fell amuse.The Master of Appleby
- 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 over-modest
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.