indifferent, unconcerned, incurious, aloof, detached, disinterested mean not showing or feeling interest. indifferent implies neutrality of attitude from lack of inclination, preference, or prejudice.
indifferent to the dictates of fashionunconcerned suggests a lack of sensitivity or regard for others' needs or troubles.
unconcerned about the homelessincurious implies an inability to take a normal interest due to dullness of mind or to self-centeredness.
incurious about the worldaloof suggests a cool reserve arising from a sense of superiority or disdain for inferiors or from shyness.
aloof from his coworkersdetached implies an objective attitude achieved through absence of prejudice or selfishness.
observed family gatherings with detached amusement disinterested implies a circumstantial freedom from concern for personal or especially financial advantage that enables one to judge or advise without bias.
judged by a panel of disinterested observers
Can you be loof instead of aloof?
The English language has many words that contain a negative prefix, and for the most part these prefixes give us an easy way to parse the meaning of the prefix-less form: those who disagree fail to agree; to be unaware is to not be aware; and an amoral person is not concerned about the morality of their behavior.
But not every prefix that looks like a negative prefix is a negative prefix. While aloof is indeed formed from a prefix a- and a word loof, the prefix is not the negating one found in amoral, but is instead the prefix a- found in abed, aloud, and afire. Loof is a variant of luff, which in Middle English referred to the side of a ship that faces the wind; the earliest meaning of aloof was “to windward.” Soon after the word entered English it began to be used to mean “at a distance,” and soon after that, it took on the meaning of “physically or emotionally removed.”
Examples of aloof in a Sentence
AdjectiveIn truth, he isn't so much aloof as he is courtly in a formal, afternoon-tea sort of way.— Joe Klein, Time, 21 July 2003Most American journalists who "do" politics cannot resist getting to know the Players. Walter Lippmann was typical of an earlier generation, the disinterested wise man who remained aloof, chiselling great thoughts on marble columns.— Gore Vidal, Nation, 12 June 1995Jeremy Price (this name and a few others have been changed), a black teacher from St. Paul's, tried a few times to make small talk, but he was a Brahmin from another planet: cool, ironic, aloof.— Lorene Cary, Black Ice, 1991Somehow, I remember the fireworks man as solitary, aloof, coveralled, perhaps sooty, staring straight ahead as he came, perhaps reflecting back on the trench-war violence he had just been a part of …— George Plimpton, Fireworks, 1984
They tried to keep aloof from the politics of the day.
the new kid was really not so aloof as we thought him at first, just painfully shy See More
Recent Examples on the Web: AdjectiveHis inability to remember people resulted in a reputation for being aloof and self-absorbed.
Ebony Williams, ajc, 11 July 2022 Those who did vote were seemingly unenthusiastic about by Macron's new government and the fact that a leader long derided for an aloof and distant approach to politics was again accused of going missing at a key moment.
Patrick Smith, NBC News, 20 June 2022 Those who know Carman have described him as aloof or standoffish.
Hartford Courant, 10 May 2022 There was the Newfoundland (who later turned out not to be a Newfoundland) who had been adopted to fulfill a Peter Pan–esque fantasy of a devoted dog nanny, but acted so aloof that his owners put him on meds.
Katherine J. Wu, The Atlantic, 28 Apr. 2022 Amundsen was famously aloof, unwilling to show any emotion other than anger, and growing increasingly paranoid with age.
David James, Anchorage Daily News, 12 Mar. 2022 Yet, others complained that Bowser is too aloof and voiced the long-standing frustration that their communities do not receive as much attention as more affluent White neighborhoods.
Washington Post, 7 Mar. 2022 The breed can be aloof with strangers but loves snuggling with its family and often has a strong desire to please its owners.
Kelli Bender, PEOPLE.com, 4 Jan. 2022 On the surface, Babyface Ray’s rhymes sound aloof — cold and distant.
Stephanie Williams, Washington Post, 1 June 2022 See More
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