- characterized by shyness and modesty; reserved.
- affectedly or coyly decorous, sober, or sedate.
Origin of demure
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Examples from the Web for demurely
Demurely they poured drinks and politely tried to speak English.Bar-Hopping With the Kyoto Geisha
September 1, 2014
Now that she has retired as CEO of World Wrestling Entertainment, she can demurely admit “sometimes we pushed the envelope.”The GOP's Mean Girls
October 17, 2010
They are demurely dressed and stuffed into shiny shopping bags, soon to be tattered but reused in my new life.The Bag Lady's Papers, Part III
January 6, 2009
When he reached the doorstep, Sidney was demurely seated and quite alone.K
Mary Roberts Rinehart
"On that point she may form her own opinion," replied Inez demurely.Fair Margaret
H. Rider Haggard
She was as demurely grave as ever, but his suspicions were again aroused.
"You must be awfully glad you're not a traveling salesman," she said demurely.
"You know I am a bachelor, Mr. Christian," said the lawyer, demurely.A Son of Hagar
Sir Hall Caine
- sedate; decorous; reserved
- affectedly modest or prim; coy
Word Origin and History for demurely
late 14c. (early 14c. as a surname), from Old French meur "mature, fully grown, ripe," hence "discreet," from Latin maturus "mature" (see mature (v.)) [OED]. The de- in this word is of uncertain meaning. Or possibly from Anglo-French demuré (Old French demoré), past participle of demorer "stay," and influenced by meur [Barnhart]. Or from Old French de (bon) murs "of good manners," from murs (Modern French moeurs) [Klein].