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diffident (reserved)

Definition:

showing modest reserve

Class:

adjective (modifies a noun)

Related to:

diffidence

Comparative:

more diffident

Superlative:

most diffident

Similar to:

reserved

Original source:

Princeton WordNet

Usage example:

she was diffident when offering a comment on the professor's lecture

Etymology:

late Middle English (in the sense 'lacking confidence or trust in someone or...
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All senses of diffident...

Definition references

Wikipedia:

Shyness | diffidence

the feeling of apprehension, lack of comfort, or awkwardness experienced when a person is in proximity to, approaching, or being approached by other people, especially in new situations or with unfamiliar people. Shyness may come from genetic traits,... (38 of 5392 words)

en​.wikipedia​.org​/wiki​/Shyness

Collins Dictionary:

diffident | timid [synonym] | shy [synonym] | diffidence [noun, derived]

lacking self-confidence; timid; shy (4 of 475 words, 9 usage examples, pronunciation)

www​.collinsdictionary​.com​/dictionary​/english​/diffident

Merriam-Webster:

diffident | reserved [synonym, sense-specific] | distrustful [synonym, sense-specific] | unassertive [synonym, sense-specific] | backward [synonym, sense-specific] | bashful [synonym, sense-specific] | coy [synonym, sense-specific] | demure [synonym, sense-specific] | shy [synonym, sense-specific] | ...

hesitant in acting or speaking through lack of self-confidence | [archaic] "distrustful" | "reserved", "unassertive" (13 of 258 words, 3 definitions, 1 usage example, pronunciation)

www​.merriam-webster​.com​/dictionary​/diffident

Oxford Dictionary:

diffident | diffidently [derived]

modest or shy because of a lack of self-confidence (9 of 72 words, 1 usage example, pronunciation)

oxforddictionaries​.com​/definition​/english​/diffident

Wiktionary:

diffident | distrustful [synonym, sense-specific] | timid [synonym, sense-specific] | bashful [synonym, sense-specific] | modest [synonym, sense-specific]

[archaic] Lacking confidence in others; distrustful. | Lacking confidence in one's self; distrustful of one's own powers; not self-reliant; timid; modest; bashful; characterized by modest reserve. (25 of 53 words, 2 definitions, 2 usage examples, pronunciation)

en​.wiktionary​.org​/wiki​/diffident

American Heritage Dictionary:

diffident | diffidently [adverb, related]

Lacking or marked by a lack of self-confidence; shy and timid. See Synonyms at shy1. | Reserved in manner. (18 of 49 words, 2 definitions, pronunciation)

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/diffident

Cambridge Dictionary:

diffident | diffidence [noun, derived] | diffidently [adverb, derived]

shy and not confident of your abilities (7 of 34 words, 2 usage examples, pronunciations)

dictionary​.cambridge​.org​/dictionary​/british​/diffident

Macmillan British Dictionary:

diffident | diffidence [noun, uncountable, related]

shy (1 of 27 words, pronunciation)

www​.macmillandictionary​.com​/dictionary​/british​/diffident

Random House Dictionary:

diffident | distrustful [archaic, synonym, sense-specific]

lacking confidence in one's own ability, worth, or fitness; timid; shy. | restrained or reserved in manner, conduct, etc. | [archaic] distrustful (20 of 27 words, 3 definitions, pronunciation)

dictionary​.infoplease​.com​/diffident

New World Dictionary:

diffident | diffidently [adverb, related]

full of diffidence; lacking self-confidence; timid; shy (7 of 16 words, pronunciation)

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/diffident

Encarta Dictionary:

diffident

lacking self-confidence and rather shy | reserved or restrained in behavior (10 of 43 words, 2 definitions, pronunciation)

encarta​.msn​.com​/dictionary 1861604627​/definition​.html  [offline]

Etymology references

Oxford Dictionary:

diffident

Origin: late Middle English (in the sense 'lacking confidence or trust in someone or something'): from Latin diffident- "failing in trust", from the ... (22 of 31 etymology words)

oxforddictionaries​.com​/definition​/english​/diffident

American Heritage Dictionary:

diffident

Origin: Middle English, from Latin diffīdēns, diffīdent-, present participle of diffīdere, to mistrust: dis-, dis- + ... (15 of 22 etymology words)

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/diffident

Merriam-Webster:

diffident

First use: 15th century

Origin: Middle English, from Latin diffident-, diffidens, present participle of diffidere to distrust, from dis- + fidere to trust

www​.merriam-webster​.com​/dictionary​/diffident

Collins Dictionary:

diffident

First use: 15th century

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

www​.collinsdictionary​.com​/dictionary​/english​/diffident

Online Etymology:

diffident

First use: mid-15th century

Origin: Latin diffidentem (nominative diffidens), present participle of diffidere.

www​.etymonline​.com​/index​.php term=diffident

Wiktionary:

diffident

Origin: Latin present participle of diffidere ("to mistrust")

en​.wiktionary​.org​/wiki​/diffident

New World Dictionary:

diffident

Origin: Latin diffidens: see "diffidence"

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/diffident

Encarta Dictionary:

diffident

First use: 15th century

Origin: Latin diffident-, present participle of diffidere "to distrust" from fidere "to trust"

encarta​.msn​.com​/dictionary 1861604627​/definition​.html  [offline]

Audio references

Collins Dictionary:

diffident

Audio: North American English pronunciation of "diffident"

www​.collinsdictionary​.com​/dictionary​/english​/diffident

Cambridge Dictionary:

diffident

Audio 1: British English pronunuciation of "diffident"

Audio 2: North American English pronunuciation of "diffident"

dictionary​.cambridge​.org​/dictionary​/british​/diffident

Macmillan British Dictionary:

diffident

Audio: British English pronunciation of "diffident"

www​.macmillandictionary​.com​/dictionary​/british​/diffident

Macmillan American Dictionary:

diffident

Audio: North American pronunciation of "diffident"

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the Free Dictionary:

diffident

Audio 1: North American English pronunciation of "diffident"

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Google Dictionary:

diffident

Audio: English pronunciation of "diffident"

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Merriam-Webster Pronunciation:

diffident

Audio: North American pronunciation of "diffident"

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YourDictionary Audio:

diffident

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