Dictionary.com

aloof

[ uh-loof ]
/ əˈluf /
Save This Word!
See synonyms for: aloof / aloofness on Thesaurus.com

adverb
at a distance, especially in feeling or interest; apart: They always stood aloof from their classmates.
adjective
reserved or reticent; indifferent; disinterested: Because of his shyness, he had the reputation of being aloof.

VIDEO FOR ALOOF

Who Would You Describe As "Aloof"?

Cat person or dog person? Everyone is different. But, would you go so far as to call them "aloof"?

MORE VIDEOS FROM DICTIONARY.COM
QUIZ
FIRE UP YOUR VOCAB FOR A "RED" SYNONYMS QUIZ
No fire engine reds here, only a fierce collection of vibrant words for the color red to test yourself on.
Question 1 of 7
What does "amaranth" mean?
Meet Grammar CoachWrite or paste your essay, email, or story into Grammar Coach and get grammar helpImprove Your Writing
Meet Grammar CoachImprove Your Writing
Write or paste your essay, email, or story into Grammar Coach and get grammar help

Origin of aloof

1525–35; a-1 + loofluff windward

OTHER WORDS FROM aloof

a·loof·ly, adverba·loof·ness, noun
Dictionary.com Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2021

How to use aloof in a sentence

British Dictionary definitions for aloof

aloof
/ (əˈluːf) /

adjective
distant, unsympathetic, or supercilious in manner, attitude, or feeling

Derived forms of aloof

aloofly, adverbaloofness, noun

Word Origin for aloof

C16: from a- 1 + loof, a variant of luff
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012
FEEDBACK