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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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British Dictionary definitions for standoffishly

standoffish

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

standoffish

adj.

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

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Slang definitions & phrases for standoffishly

standing up

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die standing up


The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
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