Definition of aloof in English:


Syllabification: a·loof
Pronunciation: /əˈlo͞of


1Not friendly or forthcoming; cool and distant: they were courteous but faintly aloof an aloof and somewhat austere figure
More example sentences
  • I consider myself warm and friendly, but I act cool and aloof with other people.
  • We keep our distance, lower our expectations, stay cool, aloof, and separate.
  • For the remainder of the night, she was very quiet, much to her friends' protests for being aloof and distant.
1.1Conspicuously uninvolved and uninterested, typically through distaste: he stayed aloof from the bickering
More example sentences
  • It is all becoming too complicated and so most subscribers prefer to keep themselves aloof from the row for now and watch serials in peace.
  • Neither country can afford to stand aloof from the United Nations.
  • The so-called modern society has kept itself aloof from this feeling.


mid 16th century: from a-2 (expressing direction) + luff. The term was originally an adverb in nautical use, meaning 'away and to windward!', i.e., with the ship's head kept close to the wind away from a lee shore, etc., toward which it might otherwise drift. From this arose the sense 'at a distance' literally or figuratively.



More example sentences
  • I shall also enjoy the Jubilee, and if I see either of these two sleazeballs out at our street party, I'll tell them to go easy on the burgers, and stop smiling aloofly.
  • ‘Indeed you will not, for the building is quite separate from the pantry,’ he remarked aloofly, not even turning back to see her.
  • Every great feat has been the child of dissatisfaction, and if everyone was aloofly content, who would open the world of new possibilities?


More example sentences
  • Collins always seemed to play the game with an air of detachment, a cool aloofness in his comfortable possession of the ball and passing that was as smooth as soul music.
  • Being basically a shy person, I think some players mistook my shyness for aloofness.
  • The locals were neither friendly nor unfriendly; they stood staring from doorways or muttering to themselves in gloomy lanes, and their aloofness was unusual.

Definition of aloof in:

Get more from Oxford Dictionaries

Subscribe to remove ads and access premium resources

Word of the day demoralize
Pronunciation: dəˈmôrəˌlīz
cause (someone) to lose confidence or hope; dispirit