verb (used without object), de·murred, de·mur·ring.
- dempsey, jack,
Origin of demur
Examples from the Web for demurred
“Not everything has a divine plan or anything,” the independent-minded Kentucky Republican demurred.Kissy-Face The Nation: Washington’s Power Elite Smooch Bob Schieffer|Lloyd Grove|November 18, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Again, I demurred, saying we saw only rebel-controlled checkpoints.
He demurred: “The overall climate of what people think about charters and school choice varies so much from city to city.”Why Is Progressive Hero Bill de Blasio Throwing Charter Schools Out of New York City?|Conor P. Williams|March 4, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Another journalist begged him to do a sill walk live on stage then and there, but he demurred.
Carrie, meanwhile, had demurred when Saul offered her a promotion to station chief.‘Homeland’: The 7 Plot Points You Need to Remember for the Season 3 Premiere|Andrew Romano|September 27, 2013|DAILY BEAST
"I did my whole duty at the time, Mr. Broffin," she demurred, with a touch of coldness in her voice.The Price|Francis Lynde
"Don't be so unmitigatedly solemn about it, Louise," demurred her mother, evasively.The Eddy|Clarence L. Cullen
Elliott, who considered that she felt the war a good deal, demurred.The Camerons of Highboro|Beth B. Gilchrist
Miss Baxter demurred over "giving him such a head," but finally was persuaded.Clark's Field|Robert Herrick
When the Brahman finally accosted them, they first demurred and then, as though still reluctant, consented to hire their boat.Bengal Dacoits and Tigers|Maharanee Sunity Devee
verb -murs, -murring or -murred (intr)
noun also: demurral (dɪˈmʌrəl)
Word Origin for demur
c.1200, "to linger, tarry, delay," from Old French demorer "delay, retard," from Latin demorari "to linger, loiter, tarry," from de- (see de-) + morari "to delay," from mora "a pause, delay" (see moratorium). Main modern sense of "raise objections" is first attested 1630s. Related: Demurred; demurring.