adjective, de·mur·er, de·mur·est.
- demuth, charles
Origin of demure
Examples from the Web for demure
His reviews, rightly, call him “sweet,” “demure,” “easygoing.”Sex, Power, and Desire: The Life of America’s Next Top Escort|Scott Bixby|March 19, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Trim and demure, she is, for one thing, seemingly an eighth of his size.In New Jersey, Barbara Buono Is the Last Democrat Standing|David Freedlander|February 19, 2013|DAILY BEAST
He gave the demure smile of a husband who dares not speak the obvious.Bill Clinton Warns About Supreme Court Ruling Against Obamacare|Gail Sheehy|June 25, 2012|DAILY BEAST
Brooks arrived for her questioning dressed soberly in navy with a demure little heart-shaped charm dangling from a necklace.
Her gaze was level and demure, secure in the long years of his affection.
Sheila pinned her with steady eyes, while her mouth looked as if it could never grow gentle and demure again.Leerie|Ruth Sawyer
How should he know the demure holland frocks beside him covered revolutionists?In the Mist of the Mountains|Ethel Turner
His demure sapience was of the most intense order and it arose out of great mental excitement.Shadows of the Stage|William Winter
Then he turned and with full-blooded cheeks and swimming eyes met unabashed Kathleen's demure and faintly mocking glance.Sinister Street, vol. 1|Compton Mackenzie
On entering the dining hall their carriage is grave and demure, and they take their seats in regular order.The Gates of India|Thomas Holdich
Word Origin for demure
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].