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diffident

[ dif-i-duhnt ]
/ ˈdɪf ɪ dənt /
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adjective
lacking confidence in one's own ability, worth, or fitness; timid; shy.
restrained or reserved in manner, conduct, etc.
Archaic. distrustful.

OTHER WORDS FOR diffident

1 self-conscious, abashed, unconfident, self-effacing, embarrassed; modest, unassuming.
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Origin of diffident

First recorded in 1425–75; late Middle English, from Latin diffīdent- (stem of diffīdēns “mistrusting, despairing,” present participle of diffīdere), equivalent to dif-dif- + fīd- “trust” + -ent--ent

synonym study for diffident

1. See shy1.

OTHER WORDS FROM diffident

dif·fi·dent·ly, adverbdif·fi·dent·ness, nounnon·dif·fi·dent, adjectiveun·dif·fi·dent, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for diffident

diffident
/ (ˈdɪfɪdənt) /

adjective
lacking self-confidence; timid; shy

Derived forms of diffident

diffidence, noundiffidently, adverb

Word Origin for diffident

C15: from Latin diffīdere to distrust, from dis- not + fīdere to trust
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