Origin of diffidentClassical Latin diffidens: see diffidence
An example of diffident is a young man who is afraid to sign up for the football team.
Origin of diffidentMiddle English from Latin diffīdēns diffīdent- present participle of diffīdere to mistrust dis- dis- fīdere to trust ; see bheidh- in Indo-European roots.
(comparative more diffident, superlative most diffident)
Latin present participle of diffidere ("to mistrust")
- Princess Mary seemed even quieter and more diffident than usual.
- He kept a diffident silence during two sessions, his first speech being in strong opposition to slavery, which he proposed to discourage and eventually to abolish, by imposing a heavy tax on all further importations.