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standoffish

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adjective stand·off·ish \stand-ˈȯ-fish\

Simple Definition of standoffish

  • : not friendly toward other people

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of standoffish

  1. :  somewhat cold and reserved

standoffishly adverb
standoffishness noun

Examples of standoffish in a sentence

  1. She tends to be a bit standoffish with strangers.

  2. <she proved to be simply shy, not standoffish>



1860

First Known Use of standoffish

1860



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