Definition of diffident in English:

diffident

Syllabification: dif·fi·dent
Pronunciation: /ˈdifidənt
 
/

adjective

Derivatives

diffidently

adverb
More example sentences
  • ‘I think it shows someone romantic, really,’ he says diffidently.
  • During the course of the conversation it was suggested somewhat diffidently that I might like to join the Labour party, for whose candidates I have never failed to vote.
  • ‘Today I'm not wanting to go into past controversies,’ he said, looking diffidently at the floor.

Origin

late Middle English (in the sense 'lacking confidence or trust in someone or something'): from Latin diffident- 'failing in trust', from the verb diffidere, from dis- (expressing reversal) + fidere 'to trust'.

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