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

  • To lose from modesty: with away.
  • 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.
  • 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


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From modest + -y.



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