demure

[ dih-myoor ]
/ dɪˈmyʊər /

adjective, de·mur·er, de·mur·est.

characterized by shyness and modesty; reserved.
affectedly or coyly decorous, sober, or sedate.

Nearby words

  1. dempster,
  2. demucosation,
  3. demulcent,
  4. demulsify,
  5. demur,
  6. demurrage,
  7. demurral,
  8. demurrer,
  9. demuth,
  10. demuth, charles

Origin of demure

1350–1400; Middle English dem(e)ur(e) well-mannered, grave < Anglo-French demuré, past participle of demurer to demur; perhaps influenced by Old French mur, mëur grave, mature (< Latin matūrus)

Related forms
Can be confuseddemur demure

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British Dictionary definitions for demurely

demure

/ (dɪˈmjʊə) /

adjective

sedate; decorous; reserved
affectedly modest or prim; coy
Derived Formsdemurely, adverbdemureness, noun

Word Origin for demure

C14: perhaps from Old French demorer to delay, linger; perhaps influenced by meur ripe, mature

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