standoffish

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adjective stand·off·ish \stand-ˈȯ-fish\

Definition of standoffish

  1. :  somewhat cold and reserved

standoffishly

adverb

standoffishness

noun

Examples of standoffish in a Sentence

  1. She tends to be a bit standoffish with strangers.

  2. she proved to be simply shy, not standoffish

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First Known Use of standoffish

1860


STANDOFFISH Defined for English Language Learners

standoffish

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adjective

Definition of standoffish for English Language Learners

  • : not friendly toward other people



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