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From Anglo-Norman demorer, from Old French demorer (French demeurer), from Vulgar Latin demoro, Latin demorari(to tarry), from de- + morari(to delay).[1]


Distinguish from pronunciation of demure


demur ‎(third-person singular simple present demurs, present participle demurring, simple past and past participle demurred)

  1. (intransitive, obsolete) To linger; to stay; to tarry
    • Nicols
      Yet durst not demur nor abide upon the camp.
  2. (intransitive) To delay; to pause; to suspend proceedings or judgment in view of a doubt or difficulty; to hesitate; to put off the determination or conclusion of an affair.
    • Hayward
      Upon this rub, the English embassadors thought fit to demur.
  3. (intransitive) To scruple or object; to take exception; to oppose; to balk
    I demur to that statement.
    The personnel demurred at the management's new scheme.
  4. (intransitive, law) To interpose a demurrer.
  5. (transitive, obsolete) To suspend judgment concerning; to doubt of or hesitate about
    The latter I demur, for in their looks / Much reason, and in their actions, oft appears. - John Milton
  6. (transitive, obsolete) To cause delay to; to put off
    • Quarles
      He demands a fee, / And then demurs me with a vain delay.

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demur ‎(plural demurs)

  1. Stop; pause; hesitation as to proceeding; suspense of decision or action; scruple.
    All my demurs but double his attacks; At last he whispers, ``Do; and we go snacks. - Alexander Pope
    • 2004, Richard Fortey, The Earth, Folio Society 2011, p. 132:
      Most geologists today would accept such evidence without demur, but it was still ‘fringe’ science when du Toit was publishing.



  1. ^ demur” Webster's dictionary




  1. first-person plural present passive subjunctive of