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  1. at a distance, especially in feeling or interest; apart: They always stood aloof from their classmates.

  1. reserved or reticent; indifferent; disinterested: Because of his shyness, he had the reputation of being aloof.

Origin of aloof

First recorded in1525–35; a-1 + loof luff

Other words for aloof

Opposites for aloof

Other words from aloof

  • a·loof·ly, adverb
  • a·loof·ness, noun

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British Dictionary definitions for aloof


/ (əˈluːf) /

  1. distant, unsympathetic, or supercilious in manner, attitude, or feeling

Origin of aloof

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

Derived forms of aloof

  • aloofly, adverb
  • aloofness, noun

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