standoffish
standoffish stand*off"ish, stand-offish stand-off"isha. Shy or distant in manner; cold; aloof; reserved; not friendly.

Syn: offish. [PJC] -- {stand*off"ish*ness}, n. -- {stand*off"ish*ly}, adv. [PJC]


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