< Latin modestus
restrained, decorous, equivalent to modes-
(stem of *modus,
stem akin to modus mode1
, perhaps < *medos,
with the vowel of modus;
, from the same noun stem) + -tus
modestly, adverbhypermodest, adjectivehypermodestly, adverbhypermodestness, nounovermodest, adjectiveovermodestly, adverbpseudomodest, adjectivepseudomodestly, adverbquasi-modest, adjectivequasi-modestly, adverbsupermodest, adjectivesupermodestly, adverbunmodest, adjectiveunmodestly, adverb
retiring, unassuming. 1, 2.
unpretentious, unobtrusive. 3.
pure, virtuous. Modest, demure, prudish
imply conformity to propriety and decorum, and a distaste for anything coarse or loud. Modest
implies a becoming shyness, sobriety, and proper behavior: a modest, self-respecting person. Demure
implies a bashful, quiet simplicity, staidness, and decorum; but can also indicate an assumed or affected modesty: a demure young chorus girl. Prudish
suggests an exaggeratedly self-conscious modesty or propriety in behavior or conversation of one who wishes to be thought of as easily shocked and who often is intolerant: a prudish objection to a harmless remark.