Retiring – Shy and fond of being on one's own
To remember the definition of the word retiring, use the following mnemonic:
She found re-tyring (retiring) her car at the garage stressful and uncomfortable. She was shy so preferred to do it on her own in her living room.
Examples of retiring in a sentence
The boy was of the retiring type, and sat quietly at that back of the class rather than getting involved.
Everybody thought I was shy and retiring, until they met me on a night out!
My dog used to be playful and energetic but is more retiring since it was attacked on a walk.