Demure

Definition of Demure

De`mure´
a.1.Of sober or serious mien; composed and decorous in bearing; of modest look; staid; grave.
Sober, steadfast, and demure.
- Milton.
Nan was very much delighted in her demure way, and that delight showed itself in her face and in her clear bright eyes.
- W. Black.
2.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.
- L'Estrange.
Miss Lizzy, I have no doubt, would be as demure and coquettish, as if ten winters more had gone over her head.
- Miss Mitford.
v. i.1.To look demurely.

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