from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- adj. Modest and reserved in manner or behavior.
- adj. Affectedly shy, modest, or reserved. See Synonyms at shy1.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- adj. Quiet, modest, reserved, sober, or serious.
- v. To look demurely.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- adj. Of sober or serious mien; composed and decorous in bearing; of modest look; staid; grave.
- adj. Affectedly modest, decorous, or serious; making a show of gravity.
- intransitive v. To look demurely.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Sober; grave; modest; formally decorous: as, a demure look.
- Affectedly modest; making a demonstration of gravity or decorum.
- To look with reserve or bashfulness.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- adj. affectedly modest or shy especially in a playful or provocative way
Middle English, probably from Anglo-Norman (influenced by Old French mur, meur, mature, serious), past participle of demurer, to delay, wait; see demur.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Old French meur (Modern French mûr) from Latin maturus. The "de-" is unexplained. (Wiktionary)