from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • adj. Shy and reserved; modest.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. Shy, introverted, liking privacy.
  • adj. About to retire.
  • v. Present participle of retire.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Reserved; shy; not forward or obtrusive
  • adj. Of or pertaining to retirement; causing retirement; suited to, or belonging to, retirement.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Departing; retreating; going out of sight or notice.
  • Fond of retirement; disposed to seclusion; shrinking from society or publicity; reserved.
  • Unobtrusive; modest; quiet; subdued: as, a person of retiring manners.
  • Granted to or suitable for one who retires, as from public employment or service.
  • Synonyms and Coy, bashful, diffident, shy.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adj. reluctant to draw attention to yourself
  • adj. of a person who has held and relinquished a position or office
  • adj. not arrogant or presuming


Sorry, no etymologies found.


  • Eleven o'clock had struck some half-hour ago, and the elder Steffinks began to throw out suggestions leading up to that process which they called retiring for the night.

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  • Hughes dropped out of filmmaking in 1991, retiring from the public eye, and rarely granting or giving interviews to the media.

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  • After retiring from the military in 1972, Westmoreland moved to Charleston, South Carolina, and spent some of his time as a public speaker.

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  • Shortly after retiring from the Foreign Ministry in January 1966, she became secretary general of the Mapai Party and supported Prime Minister Levi Eshkol in intraparty conflicts.

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  • After retiring from the screen, Mary Pickford continued to be involved in filmmaking.

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  • With the current depressing state of the economy, politics, crime rate, standard of living, etc., there are numerous reasons why US citizens are more interested than ever in retiring abroad (beyond the boundaries of one's own country).

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  • But I have to tell you, the prospect of retiring is beginning to sound better and better.

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  • Several Tehran papers have reported that some Iranian soccer players are retiring from the national team, fueling speculation the departure was related to green bands the players wore in support of the country's opposition movement.

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  • ON this general topic, I have to assume that retiring from the field of play for the call of nature or a breather is acceptable, but doing so for a snack is not.

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  • "David King, director of NASA's Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, Ala., is retiring from the agency to accept a position as executive vice president of Dynetics in Huntsville, effective immediately."

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