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Wordnet 3.0


1. affectedly modest or shy especially in a playful or provocative way;
[syn: coy, demure, overmodest]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Demure \De*mure"\, v. i. To look demurely. [Obs.] --Shak. [1913 Webster]
The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Demure \De*mure"\ (d[-e]*m[=u]r"), a. [Perh. from OF. de murs (i. e., de bonnes murs of good manners); de of + murs, mours, meurs, mors, F. m[oe]urs, fr. L. mores (sing. mos) manners, morals (see Moral); or more prob. fr. OF. me["u]r, F. m[^u]r mature, ripe (see Mature) in a phrase preceded by de, as de m[^u]re conduite of mature conduct.] 1. Of sober or serious mien; composed and decorous in bearing; of modest look; staid; grave. [1913 Webster] Sober, steadfast, and demure. --Milton. [1913 Webster] 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. [1913 Webster] 2. Affectedly modest, decorous, or serious; making a show of gravity. [1913 Webster] A cat lay, and looked so demure, as if there had been neither life nor soul in her. --L'Estrange. [1913 Webster] Miss Lizzy, I have no doubt, would be as demure and coquettish, as if ten winters more had gone over her head. --Miss Mitford. [1913 Webster]
Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0:

67 Moby Thesaurus words for "demure": 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