What does demure mean?

Definitions for demure
dɪˈmyʊərde·mure

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. coy, demure, overmodestadjective

    affectedly modest or shy especially in a playful or provocative way

Wiktionary

  1. demureadjective

    Quiet, modest, reserved, sober, or serious.

    She is a demure young lady.

  2. Etymology: From meur (Modern French mûr) from maturus. The "de-" is unexplained.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. DEMUREadjective

    Etymology: des mæurs, French.

    Lo! two most lovely virgins came in place,
    With countenance demure, and modest grace. Fairy Queen.

    Come, pensive nun, devout and pure,
    Sober, stedfast and demure. John Milton.

    After a demure travel of regard, I tell them I know my place, as I would they should do theirs. William Shakespeare, Twelfth Night.

    There be many wise men, that have secret hearts and transparent countenances; yet this would be done with a demure abasing of your eye sometimes. Francis Bacon, Essay 23.

    A company of mice, peeping out of their holes, spied a cat, that lay and looked so demure as if there had been neither life nor soul in her. Roger L'Estrange.

    So cat, transform’d, sat gravely and demure,
    ’Till mouse appear’d, and thought himself secure. Dryden.

    Jove sent and found, far in a country scene,
    Truth, innocence, good-nature, look serene;
    From which ingredients, first, the dext’rous boy
    Pick’d the demure, the aukward, and the coy. Jonathan Swift.

  2. To Demureverb

    To look with an affected modesty.

    Etymology: from the noun.

    Your wife Octavia, with her modest eyes,
    And still conclusion, shall acquire no honour,
    Demuring upon me. William Shakespeare, Anthony and Cleopatra.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Demureadjective

    of sober or serious mien; composed and decorous in bearing; of modest look; staid; grave

  2. Demureadjective

    affectedly modest, decorous, or serious; making a show of gravity

  3. Demureverb

    to look demurely

  4. Etymology: [Perh. from OF. de murs (i. e., de bonnes murs of good manners); de of + murs, mours, meurs, mors, F. murs, fr. L. mores (sing. mos) manners, morals (see Moral); or more prob. fr. OF. mer, F. mr mature, ripe (see Mature) in a phrase preceded by de, as de mre conduite of mature conduct.]

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Demure

    de-mūr′, adj. sober: staid: modest: affectedly modest: making a show of gravity.—adv. Demure′ly.—n. Demure′ness. [O. Fr. de (bons) murs, of good manners—L. de, of, mores, manners.]

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Numerology

  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of demure in Chaldean Numerology is: 8

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of demure in Pythagorean Numerology is: 3

Examples of demure in a Sentence

  1. Alan Marshall Beck:

    A little girl can be sweeter (and badder) oftener than anyone else in the world. She can jitter around, and stomp, and make funny noises that frazzle your nerves, yet just when you open your mouth she stands there demure with that special look in her eyes. A girl is Innocence playing in the mud, Beauty standing on its head, and Motherhood dragging a doll by the foot.

  2. RAS CARDO REGGAE:

    **(C)(P)- EVIL MEN GET MORE UGLY WITH AGE, WHILE WOMEN WHO ARE EVIL GET MORE TACTFUL, CUNNING, DEMURE,STUNNINGLY SOPHISTICATED, PRETTIER, AND WISE. WHO CAN DENY? JUST LOOK AROUND YOU.

  3. Liza Anderson:

    Emma Stone would look to be an award-winning actress now, there’s no better position to be in right now.I ’m sure Emma Stone has Hollywood banging at Emma Stone door. Emma Stone’s a perfect combination of outspoken and demure, and those are qualities that both men and women love. It’s a remake of a smash hit, but the reason it was so successful is because of the global attention Emma Stone got and because of who Emma Stone is...

  4. John Milton:

    Come, pensive nun, devout and pure, sober steadfast, and demure, all in a robe of darkest grain, flowing with majestic train.

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