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[kuh n-fahy-ding] /kənˈfaɪ dɪŋ/
trustful; credulous or unsuspicious:
a confiding nature.
Origin of confiding
1635-45; confide + -ing2
Related forms
confidingly, adverb
confidingness, noun
nonconfiding, adjective
unconfiding, adjective


[kuh n-fahyd] /kənˈfaɪd/
verb (used without object), confided, confiding.
to impart secrets trustfully; discuss private matters or problems (usually followed by in):
She confides in no one but her husband.
to have full trust; have faith:
They confided in their own ability.
verb (used with object), confided, confiding.
to tell in assurance of secrecy:
He confided all his plans to her.
to entrust; commit to the charge or knowledge of another:
She confided her jewelry to her sister.
1625-35; < Latin confīdere, equivalent to con- con- + fīdere to trust, akin to foedus; see confederate, fidelity
Related forms
confider, noun
preconfide, verb, preconfided, preconfiding.
unconfided, adjective
well-confided, adjective
3. disclose, reveal, divulge, impart. Unabridged
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Examples from the web for confiding
  • He kindly pretended to savor it, only confiding much later how truly unpleasant he found my morning meal of choice.
  • He had few friends, no close ones, no confidants-he wasn't the confiding type.
  • And confiding in a friend is a surefire way to put a smile on your face and problems in perspective.
  • Haynes had no intention of confiding that he was carrying a highly illegal psychotropic substance.
  • Plus, he makes you feel as if he's really, really confiding in you.
  • The widow often talked of this deplorable business, and regretted her own too confiding disposition.
  • Bird isn't a bad singer either, adopting a conversational tone that feels confiding, intimate.
  • Avoid confiding in and relying on them as you would a good friend.
  • Its tameness and confiding manner make it a favorite with bird lovers.
  • Your friend may not feel comfortable confiding in you, feeling you may not understand her situation.
British Dictionary definitions for confiding


unsuspicious; trustful
Derived Forms
confidingly, adverb
confidingness, noun


usually foll by in; when tr, may take a clause as object. to disclose (secret or personal matters) in confidence (to); reveal in private (to)
(intransitive) foll by in. to have complete trust
(transitive) to entrust into another's keeping
Derived Forms
confider, noun
Word Origin
C15: from Latin confīdere, from fīdere to trust; related to Latin foedus treaty
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Word Origin and History for confiding



mid-15c., "to trust or have faith," from Latin confidere "to trust in, rely firmly upon, believe" (see confidence). Meaning "to share a secret with" is from 1735; phrase confide in (someone) is from 1888. Related: Confided; confiding.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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