modesty definition, meaning - what is modesty in the British English Dictionary & Thesaurus - Cambridge Dictionaries Online

Cambridge Dictionaries online Cambridge Dictionaries online

The most popular online dictionary and thesaurus for learners of English

English definition of “modesty”

See all translations

modesty

noun [U] uk   /ˈmɒd.ɪ.sti/  us   /ˈmɑː.dɪ-/

modesty noun [U] (QUIET SUCCESS)

approving the quality of not talking about or not trying to make people notice your abilities and achievements: She does a lot of work for charities, but her modesty forbids her from talking about it.in all modesty approving said when you want to say something good about yourself, but do not want to seem to think you are too important: Quite frankly, and in all modesty, we'd probably have lost the game if I hadn't been playing.

modesty noun [U] (CLOTHES/BEHAVIOUR)

old-fashioned the quality, in women, of dressing or behaving in a way that is intended to avoid attracting sexual interest
Translations of “modesty”
in Korean 겸손함…
in Arabic تَواضُع…
in Portuguese modéstia…
in Catalan modèstia…
in Japanese 謙そん…
in Italian modestia…
in Chinese (Traditional) 成功而不張揚, 謙虛,謙遜…
in Russian скромность…
in Turkish alçak gönüllülük, mütevazılık, utangaçlık…
in Chinese (Simplified) 成功不张扬, 谦虚,谦逊…
in Polish skromność…
(Definition of modesty from the Cambridge Advanced Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
What is the pronunciation of modesty?
Add Cambridge dictionaries to your browser to your website

More meanings of “modesty”

Definitions of “modesty” in other dictionaries

Word of the Day

gale-force

(of winds) very strong

Word of the Day

They sometimes go here and they never go there: using adverbs of frequency

by Liz Walter,
April 29, 2015
Sometimes, always, often, never: these are some of the most common words in English.  Unfortunately, they are also some of the words that cause the most problems for students. Many of my students put them in the wrong place, often because that’s where they go in their own languages. They say things

Read More 

Evel abbreviation

May 04, 2015
English votes for English laws; the idea that only English (as opposed to Scottish, Welsh or Irish) MPs should be allowed to vote for laws that affect only England Yet these are the two principal constitutional proposals that have come from the Conservative party in its kneejerk response to Ukip’s English nationalism and

Read More