adjective, de·mur·er, de·mur·est.
- demuth, charles
Origin of demure
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|Marvin Dana
There was in the frock a demureness almost Quaker-like which as a foil for her beauty breathed the very essence of coquetry.Flood Tide|Sara Ware Bassett
Under the little clerk's correctness and demureness there ran and mingled with her blood the warm undercurrent of a dream.The Divine Fire|May Sinclair
Dotty thought of Harriet all the afternoon, and walked about the house with a demureness quite unusual.Dotty Dimple At Home|Sophie May
There is a demureness, a restraint which reminds one that the atmosphere of far-away Castile is still upon them.The Amazing Argentine|John Foster Fraser
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].