[ 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.
OTHER WORDS FOR demure
OPPOSITES FOR demure
1, 2 indecorous.
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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
synonym study for demure
1. See modest.
OTHER WORDS FROM demure
de·mure·ly, adverbde·mure·ness, nounun·de·mure, adjectiveun·de·mure·ly, adverb
WORDS THAT MAY BE CONFUSED WITH demuredemur, demure
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How to use demure in a sentence
In some ways [toe cleavage] is an artificial seductive glance, an artificial demureness.Christian Louboutin, Manolo Blahnik, Vibram: Toe Shoes Are In for Spring!|Misty White Sidell|April 12, 2012|DAILY BEAST
Susie Billings, minus her khaki and cartridges, looked the picture of demureness in white muslin and baby-blue ribbons.The Sunbridge Girls at Six Star Ranch|Eleanor H. (Eleanor Hodgman) Porter
"He was my first love," said Marjorie, with wicked demureness.Four Days|Hetty Hemenway
Dotty thought of Harriet all the afternoon, and walked about the house with a demureness quite unusual.Dotty Dimple At Home|Sophie May
She hath demureness and dignity, and suits me better than yon whimsical baggage you are all mad over.Richard Carvel, Complete|Winston Churchill
Nellie had a sense of fun—not humor—under her demureness, and she was pleased and amused as he meant her to be.Southern Hearts|Florence Hull Winterburn
British Dictionary definitions for demure
/ (dɪˈmjʊə) /
sedate; decorous; reserved
affectedly modest or prim; coy
Derived forms of demuredemurely, 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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