aloof
adj.
VERBS
be, look, seem
find sb

Some people find her aloof and unfriendly.

hold (yourself), keep (yourself), remain, stand

Some thought that Britain was standing aloof from Europe.

ADVERB
somewhat
a little, slightly, etc.
PREPOSITION
from

He has remained somewhat aloof from the business of politics.


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  • Aloof — A*loof , adv. [Pref. a + loof, fr. D. loef luff, and so meaning, as a nautical word, to the windward. See {Loof}, {Luff}.] 1. At or from a distance, but within view, or at a small distance; apart; away. [1913 Webster] Our palace stood aloof from… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Aloof — A*loof , prep. Away from; clear from. [Obs.] [1913 Webster] Rivetus . . . would fain work himself aloof these rocks and quicksands. Milton. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • aloof — aloof·ness; aloof; …   English syllables

  • aloof — [ə lo͞of′] adv. [a , A 1 + loof < Du loef, LUFF] at a distance but in view; apart adj. 1. at a distance; removed 2. distant in sympathy, interest, etc.; reserved and cool [her manner was aloof] aloofly adv. aloofness …   English World dictionary

  • Aloof — A*loof , n. (Zo[ o]l.) Same as {Alewife}. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • aloof — index cold blooded, controlled (restrained), disdainful, dispassionate, insusceptible (uncaring), orgulous …   Law dictionary

  • aloof — [ə lu:f] <engl. ; eigtl. »fern, abseits«> dem Wind zugedreht, luvwärts (Seemannsspr.) …   Das große Fremdwörterbuch

  • aloof — (adj.) 1530s, from A (Cf. a ) (1) + M.E. loof weather gage, also windward direction, probably from Du. loef (M.Du. lof) the weather side of a ship. Originally a nautical order to keep the ship s head to the wind, thus to stay clear of a lee shore …   Etymology dictionary

  • aloof — *indifferent, detached, uninterested, disinterested, unconcerned, incurious Analogous words: disdainful, haughty, arrogant, *proud: cool, *cold: reserved, reticent, *silent Antonyms: familiar, close Contrasted words: friendly, neighborly (see… …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • aloof — [adj] remote above, apart, casual, chilly, cold, cold fish*, cool, detached, distant, forbidding, hard boiled*, hard hearted, haughty, incurious, indifferent, laid back*, loner*, lone wolf*, offish*, on ice*, putting on airs*, reserved, secluded …   New thesaurus

  • aloof — ► ADJECTIVE ▪ cool and distant. DERIVATIVES aloofly adverb aloofness noun. ORIGIN from LUFF(Cf. ↑luff); originally in nautical use meaning «away and to windward!», i.e. with the ship kept away from a lee shore or other hazard …   English terms dictionary

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