[kuh n-fahy-ding]


trustful; credulous or unsuspicious: a confiding nature.

Origin of confiding

First recorded in 1635–45; confide + -ing2
Related formscon·fid·ing·ly, adverbcon·fid·ing·ness, nounnon·con·fid·ing, adjectiveun·con·fid·ing, adjective



verb (used without object), con·fid·ed, con·fid·ing.

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), con·fid·ed, con·fid·ing.

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.

Origin of confide

1625–35; < Latin confīdere, equivalent to con- con- + fīdere to trust, akin to foedus; see confederate, fidelity
Related formscon·fid·er, nounpre·con·fide, verb, pre·con·fid·ed, pre·con·fid·ing.un·con·fid·ed, adjectivewell-con·fid·ed, adjective

Synonyms for confide Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for confiding

Contemporary Examples of confiding

Historical Examples of confiding

  • Thank you very much for coming to me and for confiding in me.

    Her Father's Daughter

    Gene Stratton-Porter

  • Philip, with a confiding and grateful impulse, put his hand into Gawtrey's.

    Night and Morning, Complete

    Edward Bulwer-Lytton

  • And now, I don't mind your confiding in your friend Captain Fenton.

    It Happened in Egypt

    C. N. Williamson

  • Some may have a motive for confiding in us, towards whom we have no motive for confiding.


    Francois Duc De La Rochefoucauld

  • History will some day do him justice, for he was good, humane, and confiding.

    My Double Life

    Sarah Bernhardt

British Dictionary definitions for confiding



unsuspicious; trustful
Derived Formsconfidingly, adverbconfidingness, 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)
(intr foll by in) to have complete trust
(tr) to entrust into another's keeping
Derived Formsconfider, noun

Word Origin for confide

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