• WordNet 3.6
    • adj retiring reluctant to draw attention to yourself
    • adj retiring of a person who has held and relinquished a position or office "a retiring member of the board"
    • adj retiring not arrogant or presuming "unassuming to a fault, skeptical about the value of his work","a shy retiring girl"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: The most senior crayon maker Emerson Moser retired after making 1.4 billion crayons for Crayola. It was then that he revealed that he was actually colorblind
    • Retiring Of or pertaining to retirement; causing retirement; suited to, or belonging to, retirement.
    • Retiring Reserved; shy; not forward or obtrusive; as, retiring modesty; retiring manners.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: Babe Ruth hit his first major-league home run on May 6, 1915. He was playing for the Boston Red Sox at the time. 'The Sultan of Swat' went on to smash 714 round-trippers before he retired, as a New York Yankee, in 1935.
    • retiring Departing; retreating; going out of sight or notice.
    • retiring Fond of retirement; disposed to seclusion; shrinking from society or publicity; reserved.
    • retiring Unobtrusive; modest; quiet; subdued: as, a person of retiring manners.
    • retiring Granted to or suitable for one who retires, as from public employment or service.
    • retiring Synonyms and Coy, bashful, diffident, shy.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: In 1982, in the first operation of its kind, doctors at the University of Utah Medical Center implanted a permanent artificial heart in the chest of retired dentist Dr. Barney Clark, who lived 112 days with the device.
    • p.adj Retiring reserved: unobtrusive: retreating: modest: given to one who retires from a public office or service
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  • Charles Francis Adams
    Charles Francis Adams
    “In this country men seem to live for action as long as they can and sink into apathy when they retire.”
  • Benjamin Disraeli
    “When a man fell into his anecdotage it was a sign for him to retire from the world.”
  • Jean Paul Richter
    “Woman and men of retiring timidity are cowardly only in dangers which affect themselves, but the first to rescue when others are in danger.”
  • Source Unknown
    Source Unknown
    “God's retirement plan is out of this world”
  • John Milton
    “A short retirement urges a sweet return.”
  • Emmett O'Donnell
    Emmett O'Donnell
    “Retirement: Statutory senility.”


Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
O. Fr. retirerre-, back, tirer, to draw.


In literature:

Your white waistcoat fills a gap in a man's table, and retires filled for its service of the evening.
"The Newcomes" by William Makepeace Thackeray
He retired and I was alone.
"Who Goes There?" by Blackwood Ketcham Benson
Hampton's Legion was retiring on the right.
"Stonewall Jackson And The American Civil War" by G. F. R. Henderson
This was too much for William, who removed his successor, and so forced Abelard to retire again to Melun.
"Library of the World's Best Literature, Ancient and Modern, Vol. 1"
When Myndert Van Beverout was alone, he shut the windows of the pavilion of his niece, and retired to his own part of the dwelling.
"The Water-Witch or, The Skimmer of the Seas" by James Fenimore Cooper
Doubtless by now they had retired.
"Port O' Gold" by Louis John Stellman
But if in one battle he should retire from the field, not without loss of blood, he would then prosecute the war more steadily and quietly.
"History of Rome, Vol III" by Titus Livius
Retired to rest at eleven, lost in amazement, and the reflection that this state of things cannot last long.
"Journal of a Voyage across the Atlantic" by George Moore
Colonel Simpson served in the Confederate Congress after his retirement from the army.
"History of Kershaw's Brigade" by D. Augustus Dickert
So he retired to the tombs of the dead.
"A Short History of Monks and Monasteries" by Alfred Wesley Wishart

In poetry:

When we retire to our repose,
And Night's dark curtains round us draw,
O guard us, as thou guardest those
Who trust thy care, and keep thy law!
"Hymns and Odes for Temperance Occasions XIII" by John Pierpont
LUIS. Sir, I've seen you
Here the last two nights; your object?
If you call me, wherefore fly thus?
If 'tis me you seek, why mock me
By retiring?
"The Purgatory Of St. Patrick - Act III" by Denis Florence MacCarthy
The dismal scene was o'er and past,
The lover's mournful hearse retired;
The maid drew back her languid head,
And sighing forth his name expired.
"Jemmy Dawson" by Henry Morley
Thine is the gentle day of love,
When youths and virgins try their fate;
When, deep retiring to the grove,
Each feathered songster weds his mate.
"On Mrs Mendez' Birthday, Who Was Born On Valentine's Day" by James Thomson
Is there, in all the skies, a star
That envies not the Queen of Heaven,
As nightly, on her silver car,
Through their retiring ranks she's driven?
"For The Album of Miss E. L. B--" by John Pierpont
One stands unmoved, and sees her roll,
Nor will retire, nor yet attend her;
'T is she whose lamp illumes the pole
With modest but eternal splendor.
"For The Album of Miss E. L. B--" by John Pierpont

In news:

Carl Schlicker will retire as COO of Ahold USA in February 2013.
Sean Casey Looking to Retire.
Boccieri is taking over for Lt Col. Peter Milkovich, who retired after the ceremony.
Oliver, who has been in law enforcement for nearly 40 years, will officially retire from the Alabaster Police Department on Oct 1.
I plan to retire from full-time work next year when I will be 65 and qualify for Medicare coverage.
She graduated from Carr High School and retired from Westinghouse Co. She was preceded in death by her parents, Sidney J Ameen and Hazel Ameen .
Would You Trust Your Retirement to These Companies.
Retired arenacross rider Josh Demuth had his right leg amputated after an infection threatened his life.
Roddick will retire after US Open.
Obama is headed to early retirement.
When local auctioneer Larry Stokes retired in 2000, he sold Stokes Auction to his daughter, LeAnn Boardman, and Orwiler.
Target funds, which gear your investments toward your retirement date, have been the hottest new breed of mutual fund in years.
Erlanger Health System President Jim Brexler to retire.
Retired thoroughbreds find second chances, new careers in Kentucky racehorse retirement and adoption centers.
I WORK on retirement policy, so friends often want to talk about their own retirement plans and prospects.

In science:

There was also one response from an undergraduate student and one retired academic.
Future Directions in Astronomy Visualisation
What is your current position? Our sample consisted of 17 Masters/PhD students, four postdoctoral fellows on their first placement, six postdoctoral fellows on their second or later placement, eight tenured/permanent academics, four researchers in contract positions, one retired academic and one undergraduate student.
Future Directions in Astronomy Visualisation
Allan S. thanks the Carnegie Institution for post-retirement facilities support.
The Hubble Constant: A Summary of the HST Program for the Luminosity Calibration of Type Ia Supernovae by Means of Cepheids
For the occasion of the official retirement of Henny Lamers, a meeting was held to celebrate Henny’s contribution to mass loss from stars and stellar clusters.
Mass loss summary - a personal perspective
The Russian Academy of Sciences will force institute directors to retire at 55 (Ananchenko 2005).
Astrophysics in 2006