retiringly

retiring

[ri-tahyuhr-ing]
adjective
1.
that retires.
2.
withdrawing from contact with others; reserved; shy.

Origin:
1540–50; retire + -ing2

retiringly, adverb
retiringness, noun
nonretiring, adjective
unretiring, adjective


2. diffident, bashful, timid.
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retiring (rɪˈtaɪərɪŋ)
 
adj
shunning contact with others; shy; reserved
 
re'tiringly
 
adv

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retire
1533, of armies, "to retreat," from M.Fr. retirer "to withdraw (something)," from re- "back" + O.Fr. tirer "to draw" (see tirade). Meaning "to withdraw to some place for the sake of seclusion" is recorded from 1538; sense of "leave an occupation" first attested 1648 (implied
in retirement). Meaning "to leave company and go to bed" is from 1670. Baseball sense of "to put out" is recorded from 1874. Retiree is attested from 1945.
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