- 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 demureness
He was captivated by her freshness and beauty, her demureness, her ignorance of all things vicious.Within the Law
(With the faintest suggestion of demureness) All pretty things do.First Plays
A. A. Milne
"I'm visiting Jane," she replied at length, with an affectation of demureness.The Riverman
Stewart Edward White
Some of the lads had evidently had saké and even the girls had lost their demureness.The Foundations of Japan
J.W. Robertson Scott
This with a sudden explosiveness at the last, after the demureness.A Summer in Leslie Goldthwaite's Life.
Mrs. A. D. T. Whitney
- sedate; decorous; reserved
- affectedly modest or prim; coy
Word Origin and History for demureness
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].