MEANING: noun: Timidity or shyness.

ETYMOLOGY: From Latin diffidere (to mistrust), from dis- (not) + fidere (to trust). Ultimately from the Indo-European root bheidh- (to trust), which also gave us abide, abode, fiancé, affidavit, confide, confident, defiance, fidelity, defy, infidel, and diffident. Earliest documented use: 1425

DIFFIDANCE - uneasy at the school Prom

DIFF I.D., ONCE - You know, this isn't my original Social Security number

DIFFIDENCE - embarrassed about the appearance of one's teeth