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diffidently

Definition:

in a diffident manner

Class:

adverb (modifies a verb, adjective, or other adverb)

Derived from:

diffident

Comparative:

more diffidently

Superlative:

most diffidently

Original source:

Princeton WordNet

Usage example:

"Oh, well", he shrugged diffidently, "I like the work."

Etymology:

from Latin diffīdere to distrust, from dis- not + fīdere to trust
(Source: Collins Dictionary)  [more]

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:

diffidently | diffident | timid [synonym, sense-specific] | shy [synonym, sense-specific] | diffidence [noun, derived]

in a shy or timid way | lacking self-confidence; timid; shy (10 of 425 words, 2 definitions, 8 usage examples, pronunciations)

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

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

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

Wiktionary:

diffidently | bashfully [synonym] | hesitantly [synonym] | humbly [synonym] | shyly [synonym] | uncertainly [synonym]

In a diffident manner; without confidence in oneself. (8 of 43 words, 3 usage examples, pronunciation)

en​.wiktionary​.org​/wiki​/diffidently

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

New World Dictionary:

diffident | diffidently [adverb, related]

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

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/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

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

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

Collins Dictionary:

diffidently | diffident

First use: 15th century

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

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

Wiktionary:

diffidently

Origin: diffident + -ly.

en​.wiktionary​.org​/wiki​/diffidently

diffident

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

en​.wiktionary​.org​/wiki​/diffident

-ly

Origin: Middle English -ly, -li, -lich, from Old English -līċ, from Proto-Germanic *-līkaz ("having ... | Old English -līċe. (17 of 42 etymology words)

en​.wiktionary​.org​/wiki​/-ly

Audio references

Wiktionary:

diffidently

Audio: North American English pronunciation of "diffidently"

en​.wiktionary​.org​/wiki​/diffidently

Cambridge Dictionary:

diffident

Audio 1: British English pronunuciation of "diffidently"

Audio 2: North American English pronunuciation of "diffidently"

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

the Free Dictionary:

diffidently

Audio 1: North American English pronunciation of "diffidently"

Audio 2: British English pronunciation of "diffidently"

www​.thefreedictionary​.com​/diffidently

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