- From diffident + -ly. (Wiktionary)
“She was the Queen—head of state and virtual embodiment of the entire nation—so even those closest to her treated Granny diffidently.”
“My friend quickly offers a bill, which I diffidently tuck into her shimmery gear.”
“They seem not to be the brightest thing around and diffidently not the sharpest knife in the drawer.”
“He answered diffidently, I said I wanted to make a dog house for Sparky.”
“She developed a habit of shrugging diffidently when asked almost any kind of question.”
“He stepped back, and another young man somewhat diffidently came forward, pushed on by his comrades.”
“William even injected some English-sounding French into his speeches in Ottawa, assuring the crowd diffidently that his accent would get better.”
“Four decades after diffidently sending an album called Free At Last by the American pianist Mal Waldron out into the world, he produces outstanding works at what seems like an increasing rate.”
“Are you supposed to say, diffidently, um, excuse me, I know how busy you've been and probably haven't had time to freshen up.”
““You must return to your camp, your Highness,” one said diffidently.”
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