de-mure

demure

[dih-myoor]
adjective, demurer, demurest.
1.
characterized by shyness and modesty; reserved.
2.
affectedly or coyly decorous, sober, or sedate.

Origin:
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)

demurely, adverb
demureness, noun
undemure, adjective
undemurely, adverb
undemureness, noun

demur, demure.


1. retiring. See modest.


1, 2. indecorous.
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demure (dɪˈmjʊə)
 
adj
1.  sedate; decorous; reserved
2.  affectedly modest or prim; coy
 
[C14: perhaps from Old French demorer to delay, linger; perhaps influenced by meur ripe, mature]
 
de'murely
 
adv
 
de'mureness
 
n

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demure
late 14c., from O.Fr. meur "discreet," from L. maturus "mature." The de- in this word is of uncertain meaning.
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