AskDefine | Define aloof

Dictionary Definition

aloof adj : remote in manner; "stood apart with aloof dignity"; "a distant smile"; "he was upstage with strangers" [syn: distant, upstage] adv : in an aloof manner; "the local gentry and professional classes had held aloof for the school had accepted their sons readily enough"

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English

Etymology

From , from etyl de loef luff, and so meaning, as a nautical word, to the windward. See Loof, Luff. rfe cleanup

Pronunciation

  • /ʌˈluːf/
  • Rhymes with: -uːf

Adverb

  1. At or from a distance, but within view, or at a small distance; apart; away.
    rfdate convert to real quote Our palace stood aloof from streets. --Dryden.
  2. Without sympathy; unfavorably.
    rfdate convert to real quote To make the Bible as from the hand of God, and then to look at it aloof and with caution, is the worst of all impieties. --I. Taylor.

Translations

at or from a distance
  • Dutch: apart
without sympathy
  • Dutch: afstandelijk, negatief

Adjective

  1. Reserved and remote; either physically or emotionally distant

Translations

reserved and remote; either physically or emotionally distant

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

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