aloof

  • 1 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… …

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

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  • 3 aloof — aloof·ness; aloof; …

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  • 4 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

  • 5 Aloof — A*loof , n. (Zo[ o]l.) Same as {Alewife}. [1913 Webster] …

    The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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

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

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  • 8 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

  • 9 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

  • 10 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 …

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  • 11 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 …

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  • 12 aloof — a|loof [əˈlu:f] adj, adv [Date: 1500 1600; Origin: aloof to windward (16 18 centuries), from loof direction against the wind (13 19 centuries), from Dutch loef] 1.) unfriendly and deliberately not talking to other people remain/stay aloof (from… …

    Dictionary of contemporary English

  • 13 aloof — adj. 1) to hold oneself, remain, stand aloof 2) aloof from (he remained aloof from the others) * * * [ə luːf] remain stand aloof to hold oneself aloof from (he remained aloof from the others) …

    Combinatory dictionary

  • 14 aloof — [[t]əlu͟ːf[/t]] 1) ADJ GRADED: usu v link ADJ (disapproval) Someone who is aloof is not very friendly and does not like to spend time with other people. He seemed aloof and detached. Syn: distant Derived words: aloofness N UNCOUNT He had an air… …

    English dictionary

  • 15 aloof — adj. VERBS ▪ be, look, seem ▪ find sb ▪ Some people find her aloof and unfriendly. ▪ hold (yourself), keep (yourself) …

    Collocations dictionary

  • 16 aloof — 1 adjective deliberately staying away from or not talking to other people, especially because you think you are better than they are: remain/keep/hold yourself aloof: She preferred to remain distant and aloof. aloofly adverb aloofness noun (U) 2… …

    Longman dictionary of contemporary English

  • 17 aloof — I. adverb Etymology: obsolete aloof to windward, from 1a + louf, luf luff Date: 1523 at a distance II. adjective Date: 1608 removed or distant either physically or emotionally < he stood aloof from worldly success John Buchan > Synonyms: see …

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  • 18 aloof — aloofly, adv. aloofness, n. /euh loohf /, adv. 1. at a distance, esp. in feeling or interest; apart: They always stood aloof from their classmates. adj. 2. reserved or reticent; indifferent; disinterested: Because of his shyness, he had the… …

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  • 19 aloof — 1. adverb /ʌˈluːf/ a) At or from a distance, but within view, or at a small distance; apart; away. Our palace stood aloof from streets. Dryden. b) Without sympathy; unfavorably …

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  • 20 aloof — a|loof [ ə luf ] adjective someone who is aloof, or who remains or stays aloof from something, is not friendly or does not want to be involved in something ╾ a|loof|ness noun uncount …

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