1. quietly and steadily persevering especially in detail or exactness

    Synonyms : persevering
    Examples :
    • a diligent (or patient) worker
  2. characterized by care and perseverance in carrying out tasks

    Antonyms : negligent
    Examples :
    • a diligent detective investigates all clues
    • a diligent search of the files


  1. an amateur who engages in an activity without serious intentions and who pretends to have knowledge

    Synonyms : dabbler, sciolist
    Type Of : amateur
  2. showing frivolous or superficial interest; amateurish

    Synonyms : dilettanteish, dilettantish, sciolistic


  1. state of uncertainty or perplexity especially as requiring a choice between equally unfavorable options

    Synonyms : quandary
    Type Of : perplexity


  1. wasting time

    Synonyms : laggard, pokey, poky


  1. (slang) offensive term for a lesbian who is noticeably masculine

    Synonyms : butch, dyke
    Type Of : tribade, lesbian, gay woman
  2. enclose with a dike

    Synonyms : dyke
    Type Of : close in, shut in, inclose, enclose
    Examples :
    • dike the land to protect it from water
  3. a barrier constructed to contain the flow of water or to keep out the sea

    Synonyms : dam, dyke
    Type Of : barrier


  1. wander from a direct or straight course

    Synonyms : depart, sidetrack, straggle
    Type Of : deviate, divert
  2. lose clarity or turn aside especially from the main subject of attention or course of argument in writing, thinking, or speaking

    Synonyms : divagate, stray, wander
    Type Of : tell
    Examples :
    • She always digresses when telling a story
    • Don't digress when you give a lecture


  1. lacking self-confidence

    Synonyms : shy, timid, unsure
    Antonyms : confident
    Examples :
    • stood in the doorway diffident and abashed
  2. showing modest reserve

    Examples :
    • she was diffident when offering a comment on the professor's lecture


  1. instructive (especially excessively)

    Synonyms : didactical


  1. being twofold; a classification into two opposed parts or subclasses

    Synonyms : duality
    Type Of : categorisation, categorization, classification
    Examples :
    • the dichotomy between eastern and western culture


  1. skillful in physical movements; especially of the hands

    Synonyms : deft, dextrous
    Examples :
    • dexterous of hand and inventive of mind