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]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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  • standoffishly — adverb in a standoffish manner standoffishly, he declined the invitation to the office party • Derived from adjective: ↑standoffish * * * adverb see standoffish …   Useful english dictionary

  • standoffishly — adverb see standoffish …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • standoffishly — adverb In a standoffish way. Syn: aloofly, haughtily …   Wiktionary

  • standoffishly — stand·off·ish·ly …   English syllables

  • standoffish — standoffishly, adv. standoffishness, n. /stand aw fish, of ish/, adj. somewhat aloof or reserved; cold and unfriendly. Also, stand offish. [1855 60; STANDOFF + ISH1] * * * …   Universalium

  • standoffish — adjective Date: 1860 somewhat cold and reserved • standoffishly adverb • standoffishness noun …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • standoffish — 1826, from STAND (Cf. stand) OFF (Cf. off) + ISH (Cf. ish). Verbal phrase stand off hold aloof is from c.1600. Related: Standoffishly; standoffishness …   Etymology dictionary

  • stand-offishly adv — Hey, you re standing on my foot! said Tom standoffishly …   English expressions

  • standoffish — [stand΄ôf′ish] adj. reserved and cool; aloof standoffishly adv. standoffishness n …   English World dictionary

  • standoffish — adj. cold or distant in manner. Derivatives: standoffishly adv. standoffishness n …   Useful english dictionary

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