- Distinguish from pronunciation of demur
- (usually of women) Quiet, modest, reserved, sober, or serious.
- She is a demure young lady.
- W. Black
- Nan was very much delighted in her demure way, and that delight showed itself in her face and in her clear bright eyes.
- 2014 January 21, Hermione Hoby, “Julia Roberts interview for August: Osage County – 'I might actually go to hell for this ...': Julia Roberts reveals why her violent, Oscar-nominated performance in August: Osage County made her feel 'like a terrible person' [print version: 'I might actually go to hell for this ...' (18 January 2014, p. R4)]”, in The Daily Telegraph (Review):
- [H]owever hard she pushed the tough-talkin' shtick, she remained doe-eyed, glowing and somehow unassailably demure.
- Affectedly modest, decorous, or serious; making a show of gravity.
- A cat lay, and looked so demure, as if there had been neither life nor soul in her.
- Miss Mitford
- Miss Lizzy, I have no doubt, would be as demure and coquettish, as if ten winters more had gone over her head.
modest, quiet, reserved