aloof

[ uh-loof ]
/ əˈluf /

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.

Nearby words

  1. alongside,
  2. alongside of,
  3. alonso,
  4. alonso, alicia,
  5. alonso, dámaso,
  6. aloofness,
  7. alope,
  8. alopecia,
  9. alopecia areata,
  10. alopecia capitis totalis

Origin of aloof

1525–35; a-1 + loof luff windward

Related formsa·loof·ly, adverba·loof·ness, noun

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British Dictionary definitions for aloof

aloof

/ (əˈluːf) /

adjective

distant, unsympathetic, or supercilious in manner, attitude, or feeling
Derived Formsaloofly, adverbaloofness, noun

Word Origin for aloof

C16: from a- 1 + loof, a variant of luff

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Word Origin and History for aloof

aloof

adj.

1530s, from a- (1) + Middle English loof "weather gage," also "windward direction," probably from Dutch loef (Middle Dutch 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 or some other quarter; hence the figurative sense of "at a distance, apart" (1580s). Related: Aloofly; aloofness.

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