Definition of standoffish
: somewhat cold and reserved
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 of standoffish from the Web
Researchers in Colorado noticed that in the early stages of chronic wasting disease, deer got a dull, vacant look in their eyes and appeared standoffish.
This fall, when Dr. Smith met the boy’s parents at school and told them that medication could help their distracted, failing son, the father was standoffish and suspicious.
Standoffish with the camera, for most of the film Beckey largely avoids self-reflection outside of describing his climbing trips in impressive detail.
The story begins with a Buenos Aires artist named Carmen (María Villar), who’s ending her fellowship in the vain hope that the program’s manager, Lukas (Keith Poulson), a standoffish ex-rocker, will leave with her.
Compared with his clear ebullience and declarations of personal friendship with leaders in the Middle East, Trump appeared standoffish and solitarily glum among his NATO colleagues.
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First Known Use of standoffish
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Definition of standoffish for English Language Learners
: not friendly toward other people
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