1. Not conforming to traditional sexual mores; indecent: an immodest bathing suit.
2. Boastful or arrogant: an immodest claim of success.
a. Immoderate, as in size or quantity: immodest wealth.
b. Pretentious or ostentatious: immodest furnishings.
[Latin immodestus : in-, not; see IN-1 + modestus, moderate, modest; see med- in the Appendix of Indo-European roots.]
The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition copyright ©2022 by HarperCollins Publishers. All rights reserved.
Indo-European & Semitic Roots Appendices
Thousands of entries in the dictionary include etymologies that trace their origins back to reconstructed proto-languages. You can obtain more information about these forms in our online appendices:
The Indo-European appendix covers nearly half of the Indo-European roots that have left their mark on English words. A more complete treatment of Indo-European roots and the English words derived from them is available in our Dictionary of Indo-European Roots.