American English

Definition of modesty noun from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



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  1. 1the fact of not talking much about your abilities or possessions He accepted the award with characteristic modesty. I hate false (= pretended) modesty.
  2. 2the action of behaving or dressing so that you do not show your body or attract sexual attention
  3. 3the state of being not very large, expensive, important, etc. They tried to disguise the modesty of their achievements.
See the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary entry: modesty