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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.
“I have a bit of a reputation as a grim reaper,” she says, with her typically diffident smile.Tacita Dean’s ‘Five Americans’ Captures a Quiet Brilliance|Blake Gopnik|May 7, 2012|DAILY BEAST
Obama seemed equally diffident in his East Room news conference last week.
And, on a global level, the usually diffident IMF is proposing that banks be subject to special punitive taxes.
And, incidentally, to encourage retiring and diffident lady interviewers.
He seemed diffident, but it was evident that he did not wish her to go, and once more she felt that he aroused her curiosity.The Gold Trail|Harold Bindloss
He reached out and touched my hand––a fleeting, diffident touch––and gently answered, “Ay, lad; your feet will stray.”The Cruise of the Shining Light|Norman Duncan
He pushed the diffident greenness back, and went whistling rudely across the lands.The Devourers|Annie Vivanti Chartres
If the tyrannous day of our fathers had but possessed the means of these our more diffident times!Ceres' Runaway|Alice Meynell