Demure meaning

dĭ-myo͝or
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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.

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Modest and reserved in manner or behavior.
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Characterized by or suggestive of reserve or modesty.

A demure smile; a demure outfit.

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Affectedly modest or shy; coy.
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She is a demure young lady.

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Decorous; modest; reserved.
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(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

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Affectedly modest, decorous, or serious; making a show of gravity.
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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.

    From Wiktionary