英 [dɪ'mjʊə; dɪ'mjɔː]
- adj. 端庄的；娴静的；严肃的；假装正直的
- n. (Demure)人名；(法)德米尔
来自法语，of mature, 用来指成熟的女人，引申词义端庄。
- demure:  Etymologically, someone who is demure is quiet and settled, not agitated. The word comes from demore, the past participle of Old French demorer ‘stay’ (source of English demur), and so semantically is a parallel formation to staid. One of its earliest recorded uses in English was actually to describe the sea as ‘calm’, and it was not until the late 17th century that its modern slightly pejorative connotations of coyness began to emerge.
- demure (adj.)
- late 14c. (early 14c. as a surname), from Old French meur "mature, fully grown, ripe," hence "discreet," from Latin maturus "mature" (see mature (v.)) [OED]. The de- in this word is of uncertain meaning. Or possibly from Anglo-French demuré (Old French demoré), past participle of demorer "stay," and influenced by meur [Barnhart]. Or from Old French de (bon) murs "of good manners," from murs (Modern French moeurs) [Klein].
- 1. The luscious Miss Wharton gave me a demure but knowing smile.
- 2. a demure young lady
- 3. She's very demure and sweet.
- 4. There she was , grey - suited , sweet - faced , demure, but scowling.
- 她就在那里, 穿着灰色的衣服, 漂亮的脸上显得严肃而忧郁.
来自英汉文学 - 嘉莉妹妹
- 5. Rather pale she looked and Londony; and her blue eyes were demure.
- 她脸上带点苍白,而且十足伦敦派头; 兰眼睛显得很端庄.
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