Definition of demure in English:
adjective (demurer, demurest)
- One otherwise perfectly demure woman jumped onto a chair, gesturing frantically.
- I mean, I thought I'd get nice, small questions from quiet, demure girls that would be too shy to ask anything, really.
- We saw them transformed from calm, demure ladies to bears protecting their cubs when the neighborhood bully was on our heels.
- Judith's virtue is indicated by the demure clothing and veil that cover her from head to toe while Holofernes, in contrast, is almost naked.
- It had straps, so it showed a bit of her shoulders, but the dress was demure.
- While the red dress was provocative and outrageous, this dress was demure and conservative, not exposing much of anything.
- Example sentences
- He had originally proposed an idea for a tamer programme, aimed at a young audience but with contestants sitting demurely on a sofa answering general knowledge questions.
- You can be demurely sipping a cup of tea on the veranda of the old Moana Hotel, or boldly practicing your marksmanship at the Royal Hawaiian Shooting Club.
- Melbourne, Australia's second largest city, resides demurely in the shadow cast by its more flamboyant sister city, Sydney.
- Example sentences
- Is it some kind of attempt at demureness and modesty?
- ‘Hello Mark… ‘she said lowering her eyed in fake demureness and smiling so that her dimples showed.’
- Her costuming focuses on tight-fitting outfits that emphasize her figure while at the same time, in contrast, a full, loose hairstyle sometimes conveys demureness.
Late Middle English (in the sense 'sober, serious, reserved'): perhaps from Old French demoure, past participle of demourer 'remain, stay' (see demur); influenced by Old French mur 'grave', from Latin maturus 'ripe or mature'. The sense 'reserved, shy' dates from the late 17th century.
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