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dif·fi·dent

 (dĭf′ĭ-dənt, -dĕnt′)
adj.
Lacking or marked by a lack of self-confidence; shy and timid: He was too diffident to express his opinion.

[Middle English, from Latin diffīdēns, diffīdent-, present participle of diffīdere, to mistrust : dis-, dis- + fīdere, to trust; see bheidh- in Indo-European roots.]

dif′fi·dent·ly adv.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adv.1.diffidently - in a diffident manner; "`Oh, well,' he shrugged diffidently, `I like the work.'"
Translations
بِعَدَم ثِقَه
bázlivěnesměle
feimnislega
çekingenlikle

diffidently

[ˈdɪfɪdəntlɪ] ADVtímidamente, de forma insegura

diffidently

[ˈdɪfɪdəntli] adv [say, ask] → d'un ton mal assuré, d'un air mal assuré

diffidently

advzaghaft

diffidently

[ˈdɪfɪdntlɪ] adv (smile, answer, behave) → con esitazione

diffident

(ˈdifidənt) adjective
not confident.
ˈdiffidently adverb
ˈdiffidence noun
References in classic literature ?
And he began, at first rather diffidently, but more and more carried away by the subject as he went on, to draw her attention to the various details of the decoration of his house and garden.
No matter how diffidently or how respectfully Magdalen might presume on her master's example, and on her master's evident liking for her, the old man instantly discovered the advance she was making from her proper position, and instantly put her back in it again, with a quaint good humor which inflicted no pain, but with a blunt straightforwardness of purpose which permitted no escape.
I don't suppose," Tootles said diffidently [bashfully or timidly], "that I could be father.
Most diffidently did I call this accomplishment to my aid now, and immediately David checked his forces and considered my unexpected movement without prejudice.
Seems like the only common and ordinary folks here are ourselves," rejoined Aunt Em, diffidently.
asked the doctor, a little diffidently, as they drove away.
Perhaps," the Duke suggested diffidently, "you would like to ride over, Prince?
There are two of your father's pictures in the modern side of the gallery up-stairs," he remarked, a little diffidently.
Ma, I've enlisted," he had said to her diffidently.
Your knowledge of the world, dear aunt, is superior to mine," I suggested diffidently.
He had never varied his ground an inch, but had in the beginning diffidently taken the corner upon which the side of the house gave.
I'm just trying to make a difference in this planet,' French filmmaker Yann Arthus-Bertrand said diffidently over a casual lunch with environmentalists, French Embassy officers, and members of the media.