Yet in his smiling good humour there was not a trace of bashfulness or diffidence.
The youth sat down as directed, but reluctantly and with diffidence.
His years of companionship with his mother had bred in him a sort of shyness, a diffidence.
At this point Wanhope hesitated with a kind of diffidence that was rather charming in him.
The author is a first-rate poet, but it appears that he undertook this task with some diffidence.
Mr. Cruncher, with some diffidence, explained himself as meaning "Old Nick's."
Lowly self-estimation is by no means a constant accompaniment of diffidence.
The diffidence of his tone proved startling to her by virtue of its unusualness.
But my diffidence in doing so is such that I must approach it deviously, describing it first by means of a figure.
My friends are in the habit of amusing themselves with my diffidence and my timidity.