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
The country beauty looked ravishing in a red dress that tied demurely at the
  neck.
Finally, with hands folded in the traditional gesture of greeting, she demurely
  lowered her eyes to the ground.
The entrées are few, listed demurely at the bottom of the menu.
Punctuation is the way one bats one's eyes, lowers one's voice or blushes
  demurely.
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