aloof


1aloof

adverb \ə-ˈlüf\

Definition of ALOOF

:  at a distance

Origin of ALOOF

obsolete aloof to windward, from 1a- + louf, luf luff
First Known Use: 1523

2aloof

adjective \ə-ˈlüf\

: not involved with or friendly toward other people

: not involved in or influenced by something

Full Definition of ALOOF

:  removed or distant either physically or emotionally <he stood aloof from worldly success — John Buchan>
aloof·ly adverb
aloof·ness noun

Examples of ALOOF

  1. They tried to keep aloof from the politics of the day.
  2. <the new kid was really not so aloof as we thought him at first, just painfully shy>
  3. In truth, he isn't so much aloof as he is courtly in a formal, afternoon-tea sort of way. —Joe Klein, Time, 21 July 2003

Origin of ALOOF

(see 1aloof)
First Known Use: 1608

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