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"
EtymologyFrom , from etyl de loef luff, and so meaning, as a nautical word, to the windward. See Loof, Luff. rfe cleanup
- Rhymes with: -uːf
- At or from a distance, but within view, or at a small distance;
- rfdate convert to real quote Our palace stood aloof from streets. --Dryden.
- Without sympathy;
- 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.
at or from a distance
- Dutch: apart
- Dutch: afstandelijk, negatief
reserved and remote; either physically or emotionally distant
Laodicean, Olympian, above, above all that, abovestairs, airward, alienated, aloft, alone, antisocial, apart, apathetic, arrogant, at a distance, away, backward, bashful, benumbed, blah, blank, blase, bored, broken, careless, casual, chilled, chilly, cold, comatose, companionless, constrained, cool, desensitized, detached, disconnected, discontinuous, discreet, discrete, disdainful, disinterested, distant, distantly, dull, exclusive, expressionless, forbidding, formal, friendless, frigid, frosty, gapped, guarded, haughty, heartless, hebetudinous, heedless, high, high up, homeless, hopeless, icy, impassive, impersonal, in a stupor, in the air, in the clouds, inaccessible, incoherent, inconsistent, incurious, indifferent, insouciant, insular, introverted, isolated, kithless, languid, lethargic, listless, lone, lonely, lonesome, mindless, modest, nonadherent, nonadhesive, nonchalant, noncoherent, noncohesive, numb, numbed, off, offish, on high, on stilts, on the peak, on tiptoe, open, over, overhead, passive, phlegmatic, pluckless, private, proud, regardless, remote, remotely, removed, repressed, reserved, resigned, restrained, reticent, retiring, rootless, seclusive, separate, separated, shrinking, single-handed, skyward, slack, sluggish, solitary, solo, soporific, spiritless, spunkless, standoff, standoffish, stoic, stolid, straight up, stupefied, subdued, supercilious, supine, suppressed, tenuous, tiptoe, to the zenith, torpid, unabetted, unaccompanied, unadhesive, unaffable, unaided, unapproachable, unassisted, unattended, unbending, uncaring, uncoherent, uncohesive, uncompanionable, unconcerned, uncongenial, unconnected, undemonstrative, unescorted, unexpansive, unfriendly, ungenial, uninquiring, uninterested, uninvolved, unjoined, unmindful, unresponsive, unseconded, unsociable, unsocial, unsupported, unsympathetic, untenacious, up, upstairs, upward, upwards, withdrawn