aloof

[uh-loof]
adverb
1.
at a distance, especially in feeling or interest; apart: They always stood aloof from their classmates.
adjective
2.
reserved or reticent; indifferent; disinterested: Because of his shyness, he had the reputation of being aloof.

Origin:
1525–35; a-1 + loof luff windward

aloofly, adverb
aloofness, noun


2. cool, detached; distant, standoffish; snobbish, haughty, disdainful.


1. near. 2. warm, open, gregarious, outgoing.
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aloof (əˈluːf)
 
adj
distant, unsympathetic, or supercilious in manner, attitude, or feeling
 
[C16: from a-1 + loof, a variant of luff]
 
a'loofly
 
adv
 
a'loofness
 
n

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Word Origin & History

aloof
1530s, from a- (1) + M.E. loof "weather gage," also "windward direction," probably from Du. loef (M.Du. lof) "the weather side of a ship." Originally a nautical order to keep the ship's head to the wind, thus to stay clear of a lee-shore or some other quarter, hence the fig.
sense of "at a distance, apart" (1580s).
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Example sentences
Do you think cats are aloof? If so, you're in good company.
To the Greeks the gods seemed equally close and equally aloof.
His avuncular manner and unpredictable chuckle made him the antithesis of an
  aloof scientist.
He remained aloof from the abstract movement of his time, and thus won readily
  the respect of the French academicians.
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