An example of demure is a gorgeous princess who does not realize her beauty and is very humble.
A demure smile; a demure outfit.
Your wife Octavia, with her modest eyes... shall acquire no Honour Demuring upon me. – Shakespeare (1623) Antony & Cleopatra Act 4, Sc 16, Ln 30
Origin of demure
- Middle English probably from Anglo-Norman (influenced by Old French mur, meur mature, serious) past participle of demurer to delay, wait demur
From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
- From Old French meur (Modern French mûr) from Latin maturus. The "de-" is "of", of modesty.