aloof·​ness ə-ˈlüf-nəs How to pronounce aloofness (audio)
: 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

Examples of aloofness in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Sante, even freed up now to be a chattier and more easygoing version of herself, retains a bit of her aloofness. Carl Swanson, Vulture, 9 Feb. 2024 During her tenure, Sinema rarely faced reporters and never held a live town hall event, contributing to a reputation for aloofness among her one-time supporters. Ronald J. Hansen, The Arizona Republic, 5 Mar. 2024 This brought emotions to the surface and released us all from the aloofness that occurred when Aquarius season asked us to think about the bigger picture. Meghan Rose, Glamour, 1 Mar. 2024 Biden’s yearlong refusal to visit the site of the Norfolk Southern train wreck was a reminder of general aloofness and weakness with working-class voters. Matthew Continetti, National Review, 2 Mar. 2024 See all Example Sentences for aloofness 

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Word History


aloof entry 1 + -ness

First Known Use

1639, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of aloofness was in 1639

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“Aloofness.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 20 Jul. 2024.

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