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And, incidentally, to encourage retiring and diffident lady interviewers.
PUNCH, OR THE LONDON CHARIVARI, VOLUME 107, NOVEMBER 3, 1894VARIOUS
He seemed diffident, but it was evident that he did not wish her to go, and once more she felt that he aroused her curiosity.
THE GOLD TRAILHAROLD BINDLOSS
He reached out and touched my hand––a fleeting, diffident touch––and gently answered, “Ay, lad; your feet will stray.”
THE CRUISE OF THE SHINING LIGHTNORMAN DUNCAN
He pushed the diffident greenness back, and went whistling rudely across the lands.
THE DEVOURERSANNIE VIVANTI CHARTRES
If the tyrannous day of our fathers had but possessed the means of these our more diffident times!
CERES' RUNAWAYALICE MEYNELL
Now the scene had changed, and Joel was no longer the diffident youth, but a man, competent and energetic.
THE CONTINENTAL MONTHLY, VOL. 2, NO. 2, AUGUST, 1862VARIOUS
Freckles broke into an unrestrained laugh, for the bird-lover was keen about his courting, while evidently his mate was diffident.
FRECKLESGENE STRATTON-PORTER
The men who are not known are shy, diffident, doubtful, and anxious to propitiate the chambermaid by great courtesy.
ORLEY FARMANTHONY TROLLOPE
After a while she went to call her brother, who came in, lanky and diffident, and was introduced as "George."
THE DEVOURERSANNIE VIVANTI CHARTRES
Nancy put out a diffident hand, and her husband clasped it fervently in both his own.
THE DEVOURERSANNIE VIVANTI CHARTRES
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WORDS RELATED TO DIFFIDENT

  • afraid
  • averse
  • backward
  • calculating
  • cautious
  • chary
  • circumspect
  • demurring
  • diffident
  • discouraged
  • disheartened
  • disinclined
  • grudging
  • hesitant
  • hesitating
  • indisposed
  • involuntary
  • laggard
  • loath
  • opposed
  • queasy
  • recalcitrant
  • remiss
  • shy
  • slack
  • slow
  • squeamish
  • tardy
  • uncertain
  • uneager
  • wary
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