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standoffish

[stand-aw-fish, -of-ish] /ˈstændˈɔ fɪʃ, -ˈɒf ɪʃ/
adjective
1.
somewhat aloof or reserved; cold and unfriendly.
Also, stand-offish.
Origin
1855-1860
1855-60; standoff + -ish1
Related forms
standoffishly, adverb
standoffishness, noun
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Examples from the web for standoffish
  • At the track, she can be brash and standoffish, focused solely on the task at hand.
  • He treats all the skate kids with open camaraderie, in contrast to his standoffish mien in adult conversation.
  • Please don't take our officer safety skills as being rude or standoffish.
  • Salukis show great affection toward their owners, she said, but can be standoffish with strangers.
  • The kitty could be called adorable, if a little standoffish.
  • It was a genre standoffish to outsiders, affectionately malicious to those within small, happy circles.
  • But if you're a little standoffish or a little reserved, it's a bit harder.
British Dictionary definitions for standoffish

standoffish

/ˌstændˈɒfɪʃ/
adjective
1.
reserved, haughty, or aloof
Derived Forms
standoffishly, adverb
standoffishness, noun
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Word Origin and History for standoffish
adj.

1826, from stand off + -ish. Verbal phrase stand off "hold aloof" is from c.1600. Related: Standoffishly; standoffishness.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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Slang definitions & phrases for standoffish

standoffish

adjective

Haughty; aloof; reserved and snobbish: He gave us all a standoffish look (1860+)


The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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