diffident








adjective

  1. lacking confidence in one’s own ability, worth, or fitness; timid; shy.
  2. restrained or reserved in manner, conduct, etc.
  3. Archaic. distrustful.

adjective

  1. lacking self-confidence; timid; shy
adj.

mid-15c., from Latin diffidentem (nominative diffidens), present participle of diffidere (see diffidence). Related: Diffidently.

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