diffidently

ADVERB
  1. in a diffident manner
    `Oh, well,' he shrugged diffidently, `I like the work.'
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How To Use diffidently In A Sentence

  • And under the quiet narration is even gentler music, music that strives to be subliminal, tinkled on a parlor piano and diffidently accompanied by a fiddle or banjo.
  • My experience suggests that the lay member's views on legal questions, though diffidently expressed, can also sometimes be helpful.
  • We came suddenly to the gate of the lodge and Locksley the caretaker greeted us diffidently in his knit hat and muddy Wellingtons.
  • The very sight of him hovering diffidently in the corner of a room - with his beard and his home-trimmed hair and his schoolboyish little collar poking out of the top of his hand-knitted sweater and his palpable conscientious desperation not to cause any offence to anyone whatsoever - could make a red-blooded woman lose the will to live. Woodcraft Folk Memories
  • Lucky ones who had bought of it diffidently, discreetly, with modest visions of four and a half per cent in their unimaginative minds, saw their dividends doubling, trebling, quadrupling, finally soaring gymnastically beyond all reason. Fanny Herself
  • `Oh, well,' he shrugged diffidently, `I like the work.'
  • Phoebe contributed little to the talk, as a good deal of it was in Dutch and she felt sure that anything she might have to say would bear little weight with Corina, She offered more coffee, undertook to see that both her guests would be called betimes and asked diffidently if she could help Corina to pack. A Summer Idyll
  • There was a knock on the door, and Elspeth joined Darkwind as Tremane's aide-now styled his "seneschal," though he still acted and probably thought of himself as a military aide-de-camp-entered diffidently. Storm Breaking
  • When the Utes, whose village was nearby, had come diffidently back to trade, Tasmin had been too focused on Pomp and his fever to pay attention to what went on in camp, but now that she saw their attackers milling around among the mountain men, exchanging peltries for hatchets, tobacco, blue and green beads, she felt incensed. The Berrybender Narratives
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