demure


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de·mure

 (dĭ-myo͝or′)
adj. de·mur·er, de·mur·est
1. Modest and reserved in manner or behavior.
2. Characterized by or suggestive of reserve or modesty: a demure smile; a demure outfit.

[Middle English, probably from Anglo-Norman (influenced by Old French mur, meur, mature, serious), past participle of demurer, to delay, wait; see demur.]

de·mure′ly adv.
de·mure′ness n.

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]
deˈmurely adv
deˈmureness n

de•mure

(dɪˈmyʊər)

adj. -mur•er, -mur•est.
1. characterized by shyness and modesty; reserved.
2. affectedly or coyly decorous or sedate.
[1350–1400; Middle English dem(e)ur(e) well-mannered, grave]
de•mure′ly, adv.
de•mure′ness, n.
syn: See modest.
demur, demure - Demur is the verb "to object or voice opposition," while demure is the adjective meaning "modest, shy."
See also related terms for shy.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adj.1.demure - affectedly modest or shy especially in a playful or provocative way
modest - not offensive to sexual mores in conduct or appearance

demure

adjective
1. shy (usually used of a young woman) reserved, modest, retiring, reticent, unassuming, diffident, decorous She's very demure and sweet.
shy forward, brash, brazen, shameless, impudent, immodest
2. coy, prim, bashful, prudish, prissy (informal), strait-laced, affected, priggish, niminy-piminy a demure frumpy middle-aged librarian

demure

adjective
Not forward but reticent or reserved in manner:
Translations
مُحْتَشِم، مُتَظاهِر بالإحْتِشام
ostýchavýupejpavýzdrženlivý
ærbardydig
tagasihoidlik
kaino
feiminn, alvörugefinn; hlédrægur
kuklutisnedrąsiainedrąsutis
atturīgsliekuļoti kautrīgs

demure

[dɪˈmjʊəʳ] ADJ [person] (= modest) → recatado; (= coy) → tímido y algo coqueto; [clothing, appearance] → recatado
in a demure little voiceen tono dulce y algo coqueta

demure

[dɪˈmjʊər] adj
(= quiet and shy) [girl] → discret/ète
[clothes] → sobre

demure

adj (+er)sittsam

demure

[dɪˈmjʊəʳ] adj (girl) → pieno/a di contegno; (smile) → contegnoso/a

demure

(diˈmjuə) adjective
quiet, shy, modest and well behaved (sometimes deceptively). She looked too demure ever to do such a bold thing.
deˈmurely adverb
deˈmureness noun
References in classic literature ?
She must be a woman of complicated character, and there was something dramatic in the contrast of that with her demure appearance.
But lowering her glance unexpectedly till her dark eye-lashes seemed to rest against her white cheeks she presented a perfectly demure aspect.
Yet this would be done with a demure abasing of your eye, sometimes, as the Jesuits also do use.
When she sat on her splendid emerald throne in the great Throne Room of her palace and made laws and settled disputes and tried to keep all her subjects happy and contented, she was as dignified and demure as any queen might be; but when she had thrown aside her jeweled robe of state and her sceptre, and had retired to her private apartments, the girl-- joyous, light-hearted and free--replaced the sedate Ruler.
A girl not out has always the same sort of dress: a close bonnet, for instance; looks very demure, and never says a word.
Again, another reminded her of children at play, and still another of nothing on earth but a demure lady stroking a cat.
Marilla had almost begun to despair of ever fashioning this waif of the world into her model little girl of demure manners and prim deportment.
But at last, as he was sitting upon the box thinking about giants' castles, and princesses tied up to pegs by the hair of their heads, and dragons bursting out from behind gates, and other incidents of the like nature, common in story-books to youths of low degree on their first visit to strange houses, the door was gently opened, and a little servant-girl, very tidy, modest, and demure, but very pretty too, appeared.
She loomed up behind the small and demure Miss Leonard like a liner towed by a tug.
She looked demure and pretty, and made a graceful picture in her blue cashmere dress and little blue hat, with a plaid shawl drawn neatly about her shoulders and a clumsy pocket-book in her hand.
Lucy, with a demure and settled air, seemed determined to make no contribution to the comfort of the others, and would not say a word; and almost every thing that WAS said, proceeded from Elinor, who was obliged to volunteer all the information about her mother's health, their coming to town, &c.
one day the demure Marcela makes her appearance turned shepherdess; and, in spite of her uncle and all those of the town that strove to dissuade her, took to going a-field with the other shepherd-lasses of the village, and tending her own flock.