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aloof

[uh-loof] /əˈluf/
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 of aloof
1525-1535
1525-35; a-1 + loof luff windward
Related forms
aloofly, adverb
aloofness, noun
Synonyms
2. cool, detached; distant, standoffish; snobbish, haughty, disdainful.
Antonyms
1. near. 2. warm, open, gregarious, outgoing.
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aloof

/əˈluːf/
adjective
1.
distant, unsympathetic, or supercilious in manner, attitude, or feeling
Derived Forms
aloofly, adverb
aloofness, noun
Word Origin
C16: from a-1 + loof, a variant of luff
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Word Origin and History for aloof
adj.

1530s, from a- (1) + Middle English loof "weather gage," also "windward direction," probably from Dutch loef (Middle Dutch 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 figurative sense of "at a distance, apart" (1580s). Related: Aloofly; aloofness.

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