- The definition of demure is shy and modest.
An example of demure is a gorgeous princess who does not realize her beauty and is very humble.
- decorous; modest; reserved
- affectedly modest or shy; coy
Origin of demureMiddle English demur ; from de- (prob. intensive ) + mur ; from Old French mëur, ripe, mature ; from Classical Latin maturus, mature
- Modest and reserved in manner or behavior.
- Characterized by or suggestive of reserve or modesty: a demure smile; a demure outfit.
Origin of demureMiddle English, probably from Anglo-Norman (influenced by Old French mur, meur, mature, serious), past participle of demurer, to delay, wait; see demur.
(comparative more demure, superlative most demure)
(third-person singular simple present demures, present participle demuring, simple past and past participle demured)
- (obsolete) To look demurely.
- Your wife Octavia, with her modest eyes... shall acquire no Honour Demuring upon me. – Shakespeare (1623) Antony & Cleopatra Act 4, Sc 16, Ln 30
From Old French meur (Modern French mûr) from Latin maturus. The "de-" is "of", of modesty.