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Definition modest, quiet, and shy; or pretending such in a playful way
  • the shy, demure, innocent type
demure = modest and quiet
  • 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
  • "Go home, Garrett," she said demurely.
    Nicholas Sparks  --  Message in a Bottle
  • demurely = shyly; or pretending shyness in a playful way
  • 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
  • demure = modest, quiet, and shy
  • 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
  • demurely = in a quiet, modest, or shy manner
  • Connors did not win a lacrosse scholarship by being demure or hesitant.
    Laurie Halse Anderson  --  Speak
  • demure = modest, quiet, and shy
  • 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
  • demurely = shyly or modestly
  • Kitty sat very demurely on her knee
    Lewis Carroll  --  Through the Looking-Glass
  • demurely = quietly
  • "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
  • demure = modest, quiet, and shy
  • 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?
  • demurely = in a quiet, modest, or shy manner
  • Ser Kevan could not remember ever seeing his niece so quiet, so subdued, so demure.
    George R.R. Martin  --  A Dance With Dragons
  • 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
  • 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
  • There she was, suitedsuited, sweet-faced, demure, but scowling.
    Theodore Dreiser  --  Sister Carrie
  • "No," said Esther, demurely.
    Lew Wallace  --  Ben Hur
  • "If it please you, m'lord," she said demurely.
    George R.R. Martin  --  A Game of Thrones
  • Milo answered in a demure voice with his face lowered meekly.
    Joseph Heller  --  Catch-22
  • Melissa's smile was demure.
    James Patterson  --  Kiss the Girls

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