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Definition: modestly shy, often in a playful or flirtatious way

Synonyms: modest, shy, coy, prim, discreet, bashful, coquettish

Antonyms: immodest, indiscreet, shameless

Tips: To describe someone as demure is a more sophisticated way to denote modesty or shyness. If someone is being shy or coy, in a playful and flirtatious way, that person is said to be acting demure. The adverb demurely is used to describe shy or modest actions. Do NOT confuse demure with the verb demur, which means "to hesitate, pause, or express doubt when asked to make a decision."

Usage Examples:

She smiled demurely when the man complimented her outfit. (coquettishly, bashfully) adverb

Her demure manner in front of her boyfriend's parents effectively hid her wild side. (modest, prim, shy)

He gave his teacher a demure smile. (prim, discreet)

She sat there politely, with her hands demurely on her lap. (prim, discreetly) adverb

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