demurest

de·mure || dɪ'mjʊə adj. calm, serious; modest, shy

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  • demure — demurely, adv. demureness, n. /di myoor /, adj., demurer, demurest. 1. characterized by shyness and modesty; reserved. 2. affectedly or coyly decorous, sober, or sedate. [1350 1400; ME dem(e)ur(e) well mannered, grave < AF demuré, ptp. of demurer …   Universalium

  • demure — [dɪ mjʊə, dɪ mjɔ:] adjective (demurer, demurest) (of a woman) reserved, modest, and shy. Derivatives demurely adverb demureness noun Origin ME: perh. from OFr. demoure, past participle of demourer (see …   English new terms dictionary

  • demure — UK [dɪˈmjʊə(r)] / US [dɪˈmjʊr] adjective Word forms demure : adjective demure comparative demurer superlative demurest a) a demure woman is quiet and shy and always behaves well b) used about a woman s behaviour or the clothes that she wears a… …   English dictionary

  • demure — /dəˈmjuə / (say duh myoohuh), / ˈmjʊə/ (say myoouh) adjective (demurer, demurest) 1. affectedly or unnaturally modest, decorous, or prim. 2. sober; serious; sedate; decorous. {Middle English, from Old French meur grave, ripe, from Latin mātūrus… …   Australian English dictionary

  • demure — ► ADJECTIVE (demurer, demurest) ▪ (of a woman) reserved, modest, and shy. DERIVATIVES demurely adverb demureness noun. ORIGIN perhaps from Old French demourer remain, stay , influenced by mur grave …   English terms dictionary

  • demurely — demure ► ADJECTIVE (demurer, demurest) ▪ (of a woman) reserved, modest, and shy. DERIVATIVES demurely adverb demureness noun. ORIGIN perhaps from Old French demourer remain, stay , influenced by mur grave …   English terms dictionary

  • demureness — demure ► ADJECTIVE (demurer, demurest) ▪ (of a woman) reserved, modest, and shy. DERIVATIVES demurely adverb demureness noun. ORIGIN perhaps from Old French demourer remain, stay , influenced by mur grave …   English terms dictionary

  • demure — adj. (demurer, demurest) 1 composed, quiet, and reserved; modest. 2 affectedly shy and quiet; coy. 3 decorous (a demure high collar). Derivatives: demurely adv. demureness n. Etymology: ME, perh. f. AF demureacute f. OF demoreacute past part. of… …   Useful english dictionary

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