AskDefine | Define diffident

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diffident adj
1 showing modest reserve; "she was diffident when offering a comment on the professor's lecture"
2 lacking self-confidence; "stood in the doorway diffident and abashed"; "problems that call for bold not timid responses"; "a very unsure young man" [syn: shy, timid, unsure]

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Etymology

present participle of diffidere, "to mistrust"

Adjective

  1. Lacking confidence in others; distrustful.
  2. Lacking confidence in one's self; distrustful of one's own powers; not self-reliant; timid; modest; bashful; characterized by modest reserve.

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