from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. The state or quality of being modest.
- n. Reserve or propriety in speech, dress, or behavior.
- n. Lack of pretentiousness; simplicity.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. The quality of being modest; having a limited and not overly high opinion of oneself and one's abilities.
- n. Moderate behaviour; reserve.
- n. Pudency, prudish avoidance of sexual explicitness.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. The quality or state of being modest; that lowly temper which accompanies a moderate estimate of one's own worth and importance; absence of self-assertion, arrogance, and presumption; humility respecting one's own merit.
- n. Natural delicacy or shame regarding personal charms and the sexual relation; purity of thought and manners; due regard for propriety in speech or action.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. The quality of being modest; moderation; freedom from exaggeration or excess.
- n. Retiring disposition or demeanor; disinclination to presumption, ostentation, or self-assertion; unobtrusiveness; reserve proceeding from absence of over-confidence or self-esteem.
- n. Decorous feeling or behavior; purity or delicacy of thought or manner; reserve proceeding from pure or chaste character.
- n. Synonyms Diffidence, Shyness, etc. See bashfulness.
- To lose from modesty: with away.
- n. The hare's-ear or thorough-wax, Bupleurum rotundifolium.
- n. The bladder-ketmia or flower-of-an-hour, Hibiscus Trionum.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. freedom from vanity or conceit
- n. formality and propriety of manner
From modest + -y. (Wiktionary)