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[aw-fish, of-ish] /ˈɔ fɪʃ, ˈɒf ɪʃ/
adjective, Informal.
aloof; unapproachable; standoffish.
Origin of offish
An Americanism dating back to 1825-35; off + -ish1
Related forms
offishly, adverb
offishness, noun Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • Then in her offish way she asked if we were through with her lexicon.

    Beatrice Leigh at College

    Julia Augusta Schwartz
  • It might be a new sensation to kiss Susan, always so prim and offish.

    The Million Dollar Mystery Harold MacGrath
  • For at least an hour next morning Vedder was very dignified and offish.

    Under Boy Scout Colors

    Joseph Bushnell Ames
  • I wanta go back to the offish and clean out that bunch of stiffs.

  • Moreover, being an army girl, as he had learned, she should not be so offish with an officer.

    Ray's Daughter Charles King
  • Yesterday rather "offish" whole day; felt just as though "it wouldn't come."

  • She was unwilling to disclose her secret, lest the knowledge of it might make Wilbur offish and so embarrass her efforts.

    Unleavened Bread

    Robert Grant
  • "I guess I'll go to the graveyard, anyway," said the cow-puncher in his offish voice, and looking fixedly in front of him.

    Lin McLean Owen Wister
  • She could 107 not understand what the matter really was with him—why he acted in so offish a manner.

  • The voices of the ticket speculator and of the merchant of "offish'l Score Cards" were heard upon every side.

    The Half-Back

    Ralph Henry Barbour
British Dictionary definitions for offish


(informal) aloof or distant in manner
Derived Forms
offishly, adverb
offishness, noun
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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