- at a distance, especially in feeling or interest; apart: They always stood aloof from their classmates.
- reserved or reticent; indifferent; disinterested: Because of his shyness, he had the reputation of being aloof.
Origin of aloof
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Examples from the Web for aloofly
Historical Examples of aloofly
Aubrey inquired, aloofly interested in the plot details of the narrative.Gargoyles
He greeted them aloofly, and a little negro boy proffered tiny cups of China tea.The Yellow Claw
Once in such a group she recognized the girl who had eyed her aloofly on the train coming home from boarding school.Why Joan?
Eleanor Mercein Kelly
They were still comically stiff-legged and bristly as they aloofly sniffed noses.Michael, Brother of Jerry
All her life she had gone about calmly and aloofly, her head in the clouds, her feet on mountain-tops.Parrot & Co.
- distant, unsympathetic, or supercilious in manner, attitude, or feeling
Word Origin 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.