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[aw-fish, of-ish] /ˈɔ fɪʃ, ˈɒf ɪʃ/
adjective, Informal.
aloof; unapproachable; standoffish.
Origin of offish
1825-35, Americanism; off + -ish1
Related forms
offishly, adverb
offishness, noun Unabridged
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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."

  • "I guess I'll go to the graveyard, anyway," said the cow-puncher in his offish voice, and looking fixedly in front of him.

    Lin McLean Owen Wister
British Dictionary definitions for offish


(informal) aloof or distant in manner
Derived Forms
offishly, adverb
offishness, noun
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