[ uh-loof-nis ]
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  1. the quality or state of being aloof, distant, or reserved; indifference: His girlfriend's recent aloofness may be a sign that the relationship is over.

Origin of aloofness


Words Nearby aloofness Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

How to use aloofness in a sentence

  • Barack Obama, by contrast, gets slammed for his aloofness and lack of engagement with legislative politics — the title of the chapter on his presidency is “No You Can’t.”

  • He had preserved a typically British aloofness during the voyage, and he had never spoken to her.

    The Amazing Interlude | Mary Roberts Rinehart
  • Both were nevertheless overpowered by the sense of their legitimacy and sacred aloofness.

    The Life of Napoleon Bonaparte | William Milligan Sloane
  • He did not wish to imperil Alan's superb aloofness by involving him in the acrimonious and undignified defence of a friend.

    Sinister Street, vol. 1 | Compton Mackenzie
  • But I knew that she was not deceived, then or later, by my new, almost hostile attitude of aloofness.

    The Wasted Generation | Owen Johnson
  • Val's unwonted silence and aloofness the evening before had not been lost upon her cousin.

    The Open Question | Elizabeth Robins