Definition of aloof in English:

aloof

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Pronunciation: /əˈluːf
 
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adjective

Derivatives

aloofly

adverb
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?

aloofness

noun
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.

Origin

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. towards which it might drift. From this arose the sense 'at a distance'.

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