aloofness

noun
aloof·​ness | \ ə-ˈlüf-nəs How to pronounce aloofness (audio) \

Definition of aloofness

: the quality or state of being aloof or emotionally distant Her aloofness … did not endear her to the rest of the company …— Marybeth Kerrigan … there was an aloofness in him which the boys and I could never quite bridge.— Mildred D. Taylor His aloofness was … born more of insecurity than of arrogance …— David Cannadine … was respected for his military tenacity and his surprising aloofness from party favoritism.— Simon Schama

First Known Use of aloofness

1639, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for aloofness

aloof entry 1 + -ness

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“Aloofness.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/aloofness. Accessed 17 Jan. 2021.

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