standoffish

or stand-off·ish

[ stand-aw-fish, -of-ish ]
/ ˈstændˈɔ fɪʃ, -ˈɒf ɪʃ /

adjective

somewhat aloof or reserved; cold and unfriendly.

Origin of standoffish

First recorded in 1855–60; standoff + -ish1
Related formsstand·off·ish·ly, adverbstand·off·ish·ness, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for standoffish

standoffish

/ (ˌstændˈɒfɪʃ) /

adjective

reserved, haughty, or aloof
Derived Formsstandoffishly, adverbstandoffishness, noun
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Word Origin and History for standoffish

standoffish


adj.

1826, from stand off + -ish. Verbal phrase stand off "hold aloof" is from c.1600. Related: Standoffishly; standoffishness.

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