Webster 1913 Edition
Restraining within due limits of propriety; not forward, bold, boastful, or presumptious; rather retiring than pushing one’s self forward; not obstructive;
Observing the proprieties of the sex; not unwomanly in act or bearing; free from undue familiarity, indecency, or lewdness; decent in speech and demeanor; – said of a woman.
Mrs. Ford, the honest woman, the
The blushing beauties of a
Evincing modestly in the actor, author, or speaker; not showing presumption; not excessive or extreme; moderate;
Syn. – Reserved; unobtrusive; diffident; bashful; coy; shy; decent; becoming; chaste; virtuous.
Webster 1828 Edition
1.Properly, restrained by a sense of propriety; hence, not forward or bold; not presumptuous or arrogant; not boastful; as a modest youth; a modest man.
2.Not bold or forward; as a modest maid. The word may be thus used without reference to chastity.
The blushing beauties of a modest maid.
3.Not loose; not lewd.
Mrs. Ford, the honest woman, the modest wife.
4.Moderate; not excessive or extreme; not extravagant; as a modest request; modest joy; a modest computation.