What does the word diffident mean?

    Part of speech: adverb


  • Part of speech: adjective

  • Self distrustful; timid; shy; modest.

Usage examples for 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 by Jane Porter
  2. She was slow to make friends- not shy, but diffident and suspicious. – The Sowers by 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 by Isabel Ecclestone Mackay