demure

A demure person can be described as polite and a little shy. A demure outfit is a modest one — think high neckline and low hem.

Demure is a word you don't hear a lot these days, but it used to be a huge compliment for a woman or a girl, for them to be considered shy and quiet and modest. Those days are over, thank goodness, because demure people are nice and all, but they're also a little boring.

Definitions of demure
  1. adjective
    affectedly modest or shy especially in a playful or provocative way
    synonyms: coy, overmodest
    modest
    not offensive to sexual mores in conduct or appearance
  2. adjective
    (used especially of clothing) suggestive of modesty or reserve
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    Antonyms:
    flashy, gaudy, jazzy, showy, sporty
    (used especially of clothes) marked by conspicuous display
    colorful, colourful
    striking in variety and interest
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Commonly confused words

demur / demure

To demur is to show reluctance or to hesitate, like not quite getting in the car when someone opens the door, but demure isalways an adjective describing a modest, reserved, or shy person, and sounds like the mew of a tiny kitten.

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