stand·​off·​ish | \ stand-ˈȯ-fish How to pronounce standoffish (audio) \

Definition of standoffish

: somewhat cold and reserved

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Other Words from standoffish

standoffishly adverb
standoffishness noun

Examples of standoffish in a Sentence

She tends to be a bit standoffish with strangers. she proved to be simply shy, not standoffish
Recent Examples on the Web But cuttlefish are easier to grow in the lab than squid and easier to work with than octopuses, which are often standoffish and may refuse to engage with an experimenter, Dr. Schnell said. New York Times, 9 July 2021 Sometimes the customers from campus can come across as standoffish. Chrissie Thompson, USA TODAY, 6 June 2021 The organization never knew what Kyrie was going to show up to the arena each night — the reflective one, the standoffish one, the friendly one, the philosophical one?, 26 May 2021 This kitty was too small, too young and too friendly – Joa was much more standoffish. Michelle Matthews |, al, 26 Apr. 2021 Ominously, Germany has been standoffish in the growing conflict between Beijing and Washington, including the transfer of strategic technologies. Steve Forbes, Forbes, 12 Mar. 2021 Soon-Yi was always standoffish... towards everybody. Tyler Aquilina,, 1 Mar. 2021 My dog is energetic, submissive, and warm; my cat is lazy, independent, and standoffish. Christian Alejandro Gonzalez, National Review, 21 Feb. 2021 Israeli tourism officials expect more than 70,000 to arrive during the eight days of Hanukkah, which began last week, in an unprecedented exchange between the Jewish state and one of its historically standoffish Muslim neighbors. Washington Post, 14 Dec. 2020

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First Known Use of standoffish

1860, in the meaning defined above

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18 Jul 2021

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“Standoffish.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 25 Jul. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of standoffish

: not friendly toward other people

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