Cambridge Dictionaries online Cambridge Dictionaries online

The most popular online dictionary and thesaurus for learners of English

  

English definition of “diffident”

diffident

adjective     /ˈdɪf.ɪ.dənt/
shy and not confident of your abilities : a diffident manner You shouldn't be so diffident about your achievements - you've done really well!Shy and modestAnxious and worried diffidence     /-dəns/ noun [U] Shy and modestAnxious and worried diffidently     /-li/ adverb Shy and modestAnxious and worried
(Definition of diffident adjective from the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
Focus on the pronunciation of diffident

Browse related topics

You are looking at an entry to do with Shy and modest, but you might be interested in these topics from the Fear and danger topic area:

Definitions of “diffident” in other dictionaries

Word of the Day

tie the knot

to get married

Word of the Day

Blog

Read our blog about how the English language behaves.

Learn More

New Words

Find words and meanings that have just started to be used in English, and let us know what you think of them.

Learn More