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demure

[ dih-myoor ]
/ dɪˈmyʊər /
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adjective, de·mur·er, de·mur·est.

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

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Origin of demure

First recorded in 1350–1400; Middle English dem(e)ur(e) “well-mannered, grave,” from Anglo-French demuré, past participle of demurer “to demur”; perhaps influenced by Old French mur, mëur “grave, mature” (from Latin matūrus); see origin at demur
1. See modest.
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British Dictionary definitions for demure

demure
/ (dɪˈmjʊə) /

adjective

sedate; decorous; reserved
affectedly modest or prim; coy
demurely, adverbdemureness, noun
C14: perhaps from Old French demorer to delay, linger; perhaps influenced by meur ripe, mature
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