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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Example sentences
Mentor knows that high-pitched voices are considered sweet and demure.
The demure bride of yore, the one in the fairy princess gown, has left the
  altar.
Women and men can be, are are, equally as pompous and professorial as they can
  equally be demure and quiet.
She speaks in a demure voice that trills with a disarming little lisp.
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