standoffishness
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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  • standoffishness — noun see standoffish …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • standoffishness — See standoffish. * * * …   Universalium

  • standoffishness — noun The state, quality, or condition of being standoffish or aloof and unsociable; aloofness …   Wiktionary

  • standoffishness — n. quality of being standoffish, aloofness, reservedness …   English contemporary dictionary

  • standoffishness — stand·off·ish·ness …   English syllables

  • standoffishness — noun a disposition to be distant and unsympathetic in manner • Syn: ↑aloofness, ↑remoteness, ↑withdrawnness • Derivationally related forms: ↑withdrawn (for: ↑withdrawnness), ↑standoffish, ↑ …   Useful english dictionary

  • aloofness — noun 1. indifference by personal withdrawal (Freq. 1) emotional distance • Syn: ↑distance • Derivationally related forms: ↑distant (for: ↑distance), ↑distance …   Useful english dictionary

  • remoteness — noun 1. a disposition to be distant and unsympathetic in manner • Syn: ↑aloofness, ↑standoffishness, ↑withdrawnness • Derivationally related forms: ↑withdrawn (for: ↑withdrawnness), ↑ …   Useful english dictionary

  • withdrawnness — noun a disposition to be distant and unsympathetic in manner • Syn: ↑aloofness, ↑remoteness, ↑standoffishness • Derivationally related forms: ↑withdrawn, ↑standoffish (for: ↑standoffishness) …   Useful english dictionary

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

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