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[uh-loof] /əˈluf/
at a distance, especially in feeling or interest; apart:
They always stood aloof from their classmates.
reserved or reticent; indifferent; disinterested:
Because of his shyness, he had the reputation of being aloof.
Origin of aloof
1525-35; a-1 + loof luff windward
Related forms
aloofly, adverb
aloofness, noun
2. cool, detached; distant, standoffish; snobbish, haughty, disdainful.
1. near. 2. warm, open, gregarious, outgoing. Unabridged
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  • aloofly though the Deanite lives, he is not altogether an unsocial being.

  • Aubrey inquired, aloofly interested in the plot details of the narrative.

    Gargoyles Ben Hecht
  • He greeted them aloofly, and a little negro boy proffered tiny cups of China tea.

    The Yellow Claw Sax Rohmer
  • Once in such a group she recognized the girl who had eyed her aloofly on the train coming home from boarding school.

    Why Joan? Eleanor Mercein Kelly
  • They were still comically stiff-legged and bristly as they aloofly sniffed noses.

  • All her life she had gone about calmly and aloofly, her head in the clouds, her feet on mountain-tops.

    Parrot & Co. Harold MacGrath
British Dictionary definitions for aloofly


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 aloofly



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.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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