- 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