confiding

[kuh n-fahy-ding]

adjective

trustful; credulous or unsuspicious: a confiding nature.

Nearby words

  1. confidential,
  2. confidential communication,
  3. confidentiality,
  4. confidentially,
  5. confidently,
  6. configurate,
  7. configuration,
  8. configurationism,
  9. configure,
  10. confine

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

confide

[kuhn-fahyd]

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

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British Dictionary definitions for confiding

confiding

adjective

unsuspicious; trustful
Derived Formsconfidingly, adverbconfidingness, noun

confide

verb

(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

confide

v.

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.

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