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the shy, demure, innocent type
  modest, quiet, and shy; or pretending such in a playful way
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demure demurely
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  • the shy, demure, innocent type
  • The fire in her eyes belied an otherwise demure countenance.
  • She acted and dressed more demurely after the incident.
  • ...her manners more frequently resembled those of a pretty playful kitten, that is now pert and roguish, now timid and demure, according to its own sweet will.
    Anne Bronte  --  The Tenant of Wildfell Hall

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  • Carolyn was a quiet, demure, and obedient girl, and although Emily was all those things too, Carolyn seemed really satisfied to be that way.
    Sara Shepard  --  Pretty Little Liars
  • She spreads a newspaper on a step and sits down, gracefully and demurely as if she were settling into a swing on a Mississippi veranda.
    Tennessee Williams  --  The Glass Menagerie
  • Kitty sat very demurely on her knee
    Lewis Carroll  --  Through the Looking-Glass
  • Rawlins finished his plate and thanked the woman and John Grady told her what he’d said and she smiled and nodded demurely.
    Cormac McCarthy  --  All the Pretty Horses
  • Connors did not win a lacrosse scholarship by being demure or hesitant.
    Laurie Halse Anderson  --  Speak
  • "Go home, Garrett," she said demurely.
    Nicholas Sparks  --  Message in a Bottle

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  • GEORGE (Overpatiently, to HONEY and NICK): Martha didn’t think I laughed loud enough. Martha thinks that unless . . . as she demurely puts it . . . that unless you "bust a gut" you aren’t amused.
    Edward Albee  --  Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?
  • "So Sylvy knows all about birds, does she?" he exclaimed, as he looked round at the little girl who sat, very demure but increasingly sleepy, in the moonlight.
    Sarah Jewett  --  A White Heron
  • Yetta lowered her gaze demurely, but she made sure that her sign was turned so they could read it.
    Margaret Peterson Haddix  --  Uprising
  • Her silken dress was an exaggeration of the demure ones she tended to favor.
    Kiera Cass  --  The Elite
  • He reached up and grabbed his ear immediately, and I demurely did the same.
    Kiera Cass  --  The One
  • She was lovely and petite, and I was never sure how someone so demure managed to stay afloat in the political arena.
    Kiera Cass  --  The Heir
  • He endured them with a slightly bored expression, standing at the center of the room with his hands folded demurely over his privates.
    Ransom Riggs  --  Hollow City
  • She began her time in the Camp almost demurely, with no histrionics.
    Piper Kerman  --  Orange Is the New Black
  • In the space of half a step, she transformed her delighted headlong run into a demure greeting at arm’s length.
    Patrick Rothfuss  --  The Name of the Wind
  • "Lieutenant," she asked demurely, her voice full of penitence.
    Chang-rae Lee  --  A Gesture Life
  • Why did she not tell me the story—this demure woman in a sari who was once "bath prefect" at Bishop’s College Girl’s School, who officiated over the cleansing of my lean five-year-old nakedness?
    Michael Ondaatje  --  Running in the Family
  • Her hands, donning gem-studded evening gloves, were folded demurely in her lap, as if she were humbled by the recognition.
    Marissa Meyer  --  Cinder
  • Bulkeley’s sermons are always inspired," she said demurely, "especially when he preaches about the final judgment."
    Elizabeth George Speare  --  The Witch of Blackbird Pond
  • She wore a charcoal knit dress with a demure white collar, and black tights and black suede pumps.
    Anne Tayler  --  A Spool of Blue Thread
  • More and more like a demure young lady.
    An Na  --  A Step from Heaven
  • And yet that face, of rage, still seemed close to a smile; and those slanting eyes, half closed above the small cup of coffee which she was holding at the level of her mouth, were quite demure.
    V.S. Naipaul  --  A Bend in the River
  • She expressed her gratitude in a softer voice, and with grave calculation fluttered her eyelids and turned her gaze demurely down.
    William Styron  --  Sophie’s Choice
  • I kept my eyes demurely on my plate for the rest of the meal.
    Diana Gabaldon  --  Outlander
  • Once again, she’s the picture of a demure Silver girl.
    Victoria Aveyard  --  Red Queen
  • Leff, the consummate showman, was unusually respectful, even demure before Judge Bowen.
    James Patterson  --  1st to Die
  • Each of them wore the remains of a black cap and ages ago they had stood in two demure rows and their voices had been the song of angels.
    William Golding  --  Lord of the Flies
  • "Mr. Roark, I’m so sorry about—" she hesitated demurely, "—about what happened this morning."
    Ayn Rand  --  The Fountainhead
  • On Tuesdays, Jalil said one day, kids got free ice cream at the concession stand Nana smiled demurely when he said this.
    Khaled Hosseini  --  A Thousand Splendid Suns
  • "If you wish," I answered as demurely as I could.
    Bram Stoker  --  Dracula
  • "You are right," said Holmes demurely; "you do find it very hard to tackle the facts."
    Arthur Conan Doyle  --  The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes
  • Her dress was demure and neat, and her movements graceful.
    Christopher Paolini  --  Eragon
  • Milo answered in a demure voice with his face lowered meekly.
    Joseph Heller  --  Catch-22
  • She caught me looking once and gave me a demure little smile while I blushed.
    Homer Hickam  --  October Sky
  • The little rogue thought I had not seen her, and, drawing back, she took her former station by the window, quite demurely.
    Emily Bronte  --  Wuthering Heights
  • She was dressed in a single filthy, ragged garment, made of bagging; and stood with her hands demurely folded before her.
    Harriet Beecher Stowe  --  Uncle Tom’s Cabin
  • The woman to Jesus’ right was young and pious-looking, with a demure face, beautiful red hair, and hands folded quietly.
    Dan Brown  --  The Da Vinci Code
  • "Nothing, Officer," Scott answered, sounding demure.
    Nicholas Sparks  --  The Last Song
  • "Aw, come on! I spent fifty cents!" She shakes her head, blinking demurely at the floor.
    Sara Gruen  --  Water for Elephants
  • Maria agreed with him and favoured him with demure nods and hems.
    James Joyce  --  Dubliners
  • "Doubtless," Wendy murmured demurely, and Jack shot her a private glance.
    Stephen King  --  The Shining
  • She sat, shy and demure, and with an air of vulnerability that made Eragon want to comfort her.
    Christopher Paolini  --  Eldest
  • Marilla had almost begun to despair of ever fashioning this waif of the world into her model little girl of demure manners and prim deportment.
    Lucy Maud Montgomery  --  Anne Of Green Gables
  • She was occupied in knitting; a large cat sat demurely at her feet; nothing in short was wanting to complete the beau-ideal of domestic comfort.
    Charlotte Bronte  --  Jane Eyre
  • He saw a short word prepared for Emma, and given to her with a look sly and demure.
    Jane Austen  --  Emma
  • Kimonos, sake, rice paper walls, coquettish and demure geishas.
    David Guterson  --  Snow Falling on Cedars
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