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

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The Foreign Service officers and civil servants at Foggy Bottom had long tired of Rex Tillerson, with his standoffish, detached management style. Joe Davidson, Washington Post, "Pompeo knows to boost morale; boosting foreign aid also should be on his agenda," 4 May 2018 Here is a collection of tweets showing some of the more creative Tesla plates: Douglas Kass, founder and president of hedge fund sponsor, Seabreeze Partners Management, Inc., spotted a plate that transformed a standoffish response into a clever pun. Ben Tobin, USA TODAY, "Tesla car owners' clever license plates praise electricity, denounce gas," 4 July 2018 Pharoah loving and approachable; Justify impatient and standoffish. Fletcher Page, The Courier-Journal, "Justify doesn't need popularity. He has the Triple Crown," 9 June 2018 In the past quarter-century, Mexico has gone from being a distant and standoffish neighbor with periodic economic crises to a close political ally and key economic partner. Juan Montes, WSJ, "‘Tropical Messiah’: A Trump-Style Politician Is Mexican Presidential Front Runner," 30 May 2018 Along with the costume (which, in actuality, was more a uniform) came a gee-whiz presentation that managed the unique feat of being at once disarming and standoffish. Corey Seymour, Vogue, "For Tom Wolfe, Affectation Was Armor," 15 May 2018 In the past, Rivers has been standoffish about his eventual replacement joining the team. Dan Woike,, "If Chargers seek a quarterback in NFL draft, it's unlikely to be one of the top prospects," 18 Apr. 2018 Professional athletes can often be portrayed as standoffish and egotistical. Adam Baum,, "Cincinnati Reds pitcher Jared Hughes: 'I feel like everywhere I play I make friends'," 6 Apr. 2018 This will require a physical and social architecture that is supportive, not aggressive or standoffish. Alexandra Lange, Curbed, "What does a presidential building look like?," 22 Mar. 2018

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First Known Use of standoffish

1860, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of standoffish was in 1860

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English Language Learners Definition of standoffish

: not friendly toward other people

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