1. [ adjective ] marked by simplicity; having a humble opinion of yourself

"a modest apartment" "too modest to wear his medals"

Related terms: immodest retiring humble
2. [ adjective ] not large but sufficient in size or amount
Synonyms: small

"a modest salary" "modest inflation" "helped in my own small way"

Related terms: moderate
3. [ adjective ] free from pomp or affectation
Synonyms: plain simple

"comfortable but modest cottages" "a simple rectangular brick building" "a simple man with simple tastes"

Related terms: unpretentious
4. [ adjective ] (sexuality) not offensive to sexual mores in conduct or appearance
Related terms: immodest coy decent shamefaced decent decent modesty
5. [ adjective ] limited in size or scope
Synonyms: small pocket-size small-scale pocket-sized minor

"a small business" "a newspaper with a modest circulation" "small-scale plans" "a pocket-size country"

Related terms: limited
6. [ adjective ] humble in spirit or manner; suggesting retiring mildness or even cowed submissiveness
Synonyms: meek mild

"meek and self-effacing"

Related terms: humble
7. [ adjective ] low or inferior in station or quality
Synonyms: small humble lowly low

"a humble cottage" "a lowly parish priest" "a modest man of the people" "small beginnings"

Related terms: inferior
8. [ adjective ] free from ostentation or pretension
Synonyms: unostentatious restrained

"the restrained elegance of the room"

Related terms: discreet
Similar spelling:   modesty