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retiring

[ri-tahyuh r-ing] /rɪˈtaɪər ɪŋ/
adjective
1.
that retires.
2.
withdrawing from contact with others; reserved; shy.
Origin
1540-1550
1540-50; retire + -ing2
Related forms
retiringly, adverb
retiringness, noun
nonretiring, adjective
unretiring, adjective
Synonyms
2. diffident, bashful, timid.
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British Dictionary definitions for retiringness

retiring

/rɪˈtaɪərɪŋ/
adjective
1.
shunning contact with others; shy; reserved
Derived Forms
retiringly, adverb
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Word Origin and History for retiringness

retiring

adj.

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

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