Definition of standoffish in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˌstandˈôfiSH/


Distant and cold in manner; unfriendly.
Example sentences
  • She never won widespread popular approval with her stand-offish manner.
  • He hadn't been cruel or physically abusive, merely distant and stand-offish.
  • Although her publicity shots present her as a sultry, moody, sleepy-eyed blonde with a slightly sneering, stand-offish expression, Herbert couldn't be more down-to-earth, likeable and friendly.



Pronunciation: /ˈˌstandˈôfiSHlē/
Example sentences
  • I asked if I could be upgraded and was stand-offishly told no.
  • I behave pretty stand-offishly, and consequently nobody but you makes much of an effort to talk to me.
  • The player was stand-offishly cold and uncooperative with the media for the two weeks prior.


Pronunciation: /ˌstandˈôfiSHnəs/
Example sentences
  • Other children sometimes mis-interpret your little Virgo's shyness as diffidence or stand-offishness.
  • There was little evidence of the usual huffiness and stand-offishness we are normally greeted with.
  • Typical Edinburgh stand-offishness is being blamed for its failure.

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Syllabification: stand·off·ish

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