Origin of diffident
Examples from the Web for diffident
He was charming, diffident but above all very friendly, with no airs or graces.
Every study ever performed has shown that the fit and lean outlive the dumpy and diffident every time.
This is the reason why all men are fearful; why the whole human race are diffident.The System of Nature, Volume 2|Paul Henri Thiery (Baron D'Holbach)
Be diffident of whimsical or pleasing ideas, which you are rather apt to be readily seduced by.Dangerous Connections, v. 1, 2, 3, 4|Pierre Choderlos de Laclos
I joined him because I knew that by himself he would be too diffident to carry out his own plans.Ernest Bracebridge|William H. G. Kingston
She spoke with diffident slowness, her gaze fastened upon her plate.The Market-Place|Harold Frederic
A shudder passed through the room, followed by a diffident laugh.Lady Cassandra|Mrs George de Horne Vaizey
Word Origin for diffident
mid-15c., from Latin diffidentem (nominative diffidens), present participle of diffidere (see diffidence). Related: Diffidently.