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standoffish

or stand-off·ish

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

somewhat aloof or reserved; cold and unfriendly.

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Origin of standoffish

First recorded in 1855–60; standoff + -ish1

OTHER WORDS FROM standoffish

stand·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 forms of standoffish

standoffishly, adverbstandoffishness, noun
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