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offish

[aw-fish, of-ish] /ˈɔ fɪʃ, ˈɒf ɪʃ/
adjective, Informal.
1.
aloof; unapproachable; standoffish.
Origin of offish
1825-1835
1825-35, Americanism; off + -ish1
Related forms
offishly, adverb
offishness, noun
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  • If she chose to behave in that offish and unwifely fashion, she could blame no one but herself for its results.

  • Then in her offish way she asked if we were through with her lexicon.

    Beatrice Leigh at College Julia Augusta Schwartz
  • There was a whole history in those snow tracks, mine alone and kind of offish, and the others cuddling together.

    Where There's A Will Mary Roberts Rinehart
  • It might be a new sensation to kiss Susan, always so prim and offish.

    The Million Dollar Mystery Harold MacGrath
  • For at least an hour next morning Vedder was very dignified and offish.

    Under Boy Scout Colors Joseph Bushnell Ames
  • I wanta go back to the offish and clean out that bunch of stiffs.

  • She was unwilling to disclose her secret, lest the knowledge of it might make Wilbur offish and so embarrass her efforts.

    Unleavened Bread Robert Grant
  • Moreover, being an army girl, as he had learned, she should not be so offish with an officer.

    Ray's Daughter Charles King
  • Yesterday rather "offish" whole day; felt just as though "it wouldn't come."

  • She could 107 not understand what the matter really was with him—why he acted in so offish a manner.

British Dictionary definitions for offish

offish

/ˈɒfɪʃ/
adjective
1.
(informal) aloof or distant in manner
Derived Forms
offishly, adverb
offishness, noun
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