diffident

Part of speech: adverb

DIFFIDENTLY.

Part of speech: adjective

Self distrustful; timid; shy; modest.

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Usage examples "diffident":

  1. " Every man, madam," returned Thaddeus, bowing as he rose from his chair, " must be diffident of deserving the honor of your notice." - "Thaddeus of Warsaw", Jane Porter.
  2. She was slow to make friends- not shy, but diffident and suspicious. - "The Sowers", Henry Seton Merriman.
  3. Yes, Mrs. Spence, the little man beside her was saying, a man like myself, however diffident, must be ready to do his full duty by the community in which he lives. - "The Window-Gazer", Isabel Ecclestone Mackay.