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retiring (adj.)

1580s, "departing, retreating," present-participle adjective from retire (v.). Also "fond of retiring, disposed to seclusion," hence "unobtrusive, modest, subdued" (1766).

updated on July 16, 2013

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Definitions of retiring from WordNet

retiring (adj.)
of a person who has held and relinquished a position or office;
a retiring member of the board
Synonyms: past / preceding
retiring (adj.)
not arrogant or presuming;
a shy retiring girl
Synonyms: unassuming
retiring (adj.)
reluctant to draw attention to yourself;
Synonyms: reticent / self-effacing
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