One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
Affectedly modest or demure.
shy, bashful, modest, self-effacing, unassuming, unpresuming, humble, meek, unconfident, unassertive, timid, timorous, shrinking, reserved, withdrawn, introverted, inhibitedView synonyms
- ‘Maidens should be mim (quiet) till they're married, and then they may burn kirks.’
- ‘Then out spak mim-mou'd Mego'Nith.’
Late 16th century: imitative of pursing the lips.
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