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Demure (comparative more Demure, superlative most Demure)

  1. Quiet, modest, reserved, or serious.
    She is a demure young lady.


  • Objects: person, etc.

Adverbs for Demure

affectedly; prudishly; coyly; timidly; shyly delightfully; gravely; quietly; unaffectedly conspicuously; deliberately; discreetly tranquilly; placidly; soberly; submissively harmoniously; meekly; cleverly; purposely ostentatiously; unnaturally; stiffly; primly; puritanically; priggishly; bashfully; skittishly; admirably; attractively; alluringly; blushingly.

Synonyms for Demure

Antonyms for Demure

indecorous, impudent, shameless, wanton.

Derived terms


Quakerish, Victorian, backward, bashful, censorious, close, confused, conscious, coy, decent, decorous, diffident, earnest, formal, frowning, grave, grim, grim-faced, grim-visaged, hidebound, inarticulate, long-faced, mid-Victorian, modest, mousy, narrow, nice, old-maidish, overmodest, priggish, prim, proper, prudish, puritanical, reserved, reticent, retiring, sanctimonious, sedate, seemly, self-conscious, serious, shamefaced, shamefast, shy, silent, skittish, smug, sober, sober-minded, sobersided, solemn, somber, staid, stammering, stiff-necked, stone-faced, straight-faced, straitlaced, stuffy, thoughtful, timid, timorous, unassertive, unassured, unsmiling, weighty


From Old French meur (Modern French mûr) from Latin maturus. The "de-" is unexplained.


Distinguish from pronunciation of demur