diffident

[dif-i-duhnt]
adjective
1.
lacking confidence in one's own ability, worth, or fitness; timid; shy.
2.
restrained or reserved in manner, conduct, etc.
3.
Archaic. distrustful.

Origin:
1425–75; late Middle English < Latin diffīdent- (stem of diffīdēns mistrusting, despairing present participle of diffīdere), equivalent to dif- dif- + fīd- trust + -ent- -ent

diffidently, adverb
diffidentness, noun
nondiffident, adjective
nondiffidently, adverb
undiffident, adjective
undiffidently, adverb


1. self-conscious, self-effacing, abashed, embarrassed, modest, unassuming, unconfident. See shy1.
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diffident (ˈdɪfɪdənt)
 
adj
lacking self-confidence; timid; shy
 
[C15: from Latin diffīdere to distrust, from dis- not + fīdere to trust]
 
'diffidence
 
n
 
'diffidently
 
adv

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diffident
1590s, from L. diffidentem, prp. of diffidere (see diffidence). Related: Diffidently.
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Example sentences
Awaiting, trembling, our supplicants diffidently raised their heads in cautious greeting.
He peers diffidently through the windows, perhaps wondering where all the adoring crowds are.
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