Examples from the Web for aloof
They should ask themselves instead how anyone as bored and aloof as Barack Obama could bother himself to hate anything.
A Utah mother charged with killing six of her infant children was described as cold and aloof by a neighbor.Utah’s Murderer Mom Is a Monster but She’s Not the First|Steve Miller|April 16, 2014|DAILY BEAST
I can see how it would make people come across as cagey or aloof.How One Doctor Mastered the Art of Delivering Life-Changing Diagnoses|Russell Saunders|March 22, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Aloof and bookish, Pius XI (Achille Ratti) spent years as a Vatican librarian before becoming a diplomat and cardinal.
With irony and wit he charmed a nation, but displayed a detachment that kept him aloof from the passions of his time.The New New Left Is No New Frontier and JFK Was No Liberal|James L. Swanson, Michael F. Bishop|October 8, 2013|DAILY BEAST
He would seem to stand outside the stress of his own time and aloof from the influences which commonly shape the artist.Studies of Contemporary Poets|Mary C. Sturgeon
The Englishman, aloof but definitely enthralled, touched his mustache delicately and answered, "Quite."Ten From Infinity|Paul W. Fairman
I was cold, and as haughty and aloof as she was herself, but I used every art I knew of to draw her out and make her talk.Man and Maid|Elinor Glyn
They played under a glaring electric light in the heat of the day, yet they seemed cool, aloof, immune from bodily discomfort.Gigolo|Edna Ferber
When he had gone, Rashîd appeared before me, stern and aloof as the Recording Angel.Oriental Encounters|Marmaduke Pickthall
British Dictionary definitions for aloof
Word Origin for aloof
Word Origin and History for aloof
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.