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a·loof

 (ə-lo͞of′)
adj.
1. Emotionally reserved or indifferent: an aloof manner.
2. Distant or uninvolved: remained aloof from political movements.

[a- + luff, windward part of a ship (obsolete).]

a·loof′ly adv.
a·loof′ness n.

aloof

(əˈluːf)
adj
distant, unsympathetic, or supercilious in manner, attitude, or feeling
[C16: from a-1 + loof, a variant of luff]
aˈloofly adv
aˈloofness n

a•loof

(əˈluf)

adj.
1. reserved or reticent; indifferent: to have the reputation of being aloof.
adv.
2. at a distance, esp. in feeling or interest; apart: to stand aloof from one's classmates.
[1525–35; a-1 + loof luff windward]
a•loof′ly, adv.
a•loof′ness, n.

aloof

- Comes from sailing, in which ships keep clear of coastal rocks by holding the vessel "luff"—"to the windward"; so, to hold "a-luff" means to "keep clear."
See also related terms for sailing.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adj.1.aloof - remote in manneraloof - remote in manner; "stood apart with aloof dignity"; "a distant smile"; "he was upstage with strangers"
reserved - marked by self-restraint and reticence; "was habitually reserved in speech, withholding her opinion"-Victoria Sackville-West
Adv.1.aloof - in an aloof manneraloof - in an aloof manner; "the local gentry and professional classes had held aloof for the school had accepted their sons readily enough"

aloof

aloof

adjective
2. Lacking interest in one's surroundings or worldly affairs:
Translations
بَعِيداً عَن
dálodměřenýrezervovanýstranou
fjernfjerntfor sig selvkølig
etäinenvarautunut
afsíîis, halda sig utan viîfálegur, kuldalegur
laikymasis nuošaliainelinkęs bendrautinuošaliai
atturīgsnomaļussavrup
rezervovaný
mesafelisoğukuzak

aloof

[əˈluːf] ADJ
1. (= standoffish) [person, manner] → distante
he was very aloof with meconmigo se mostró muy distante
she has always been somewhat aloofella siempre ha guardado las distancias
2. (= uninvolved) to hold o.s. or remain or stand aloof from sbguardar or mantener las distancias con algn, mantenerse apartado de algn
to hold o.s. or remain or stand aloof from sthmantenerse al margen de algo

aloof

[əˈluːf] adjdistant(e)
to remain aloof → rester à l'écart
to stand aloof → se tenir à l'écart
to remain aloof from sth → rester à l'écart de qch

aloof

adv (lit, fig)abseits; to remain aloofsich abseits halten; to keep or stand aloof (from something)sich (von etw) distanzieren; buyers held aloof (Comm) → die Käufer verhielten sich zurückhaltend
adjunnahbar

aloof

[əˈluːf]
1. adjriservato/a, distaccato/a
2. adva distanza, in disparte
to stand aloof (from) → tenersi a distanza (da) or in disparte (da)

aloof

(əˈluːf) adverb
apart or at a distance from other people. I kept aloof from the whole business.
adjective
not sociable and friendly. People find the new teacher rather aloof.
aˈloofness noun

aloof

a. apartado-a, aislado-a, lejos de todo o de todos.
References in classic literature ?
Jo stood aloof, meanwhile, trying to harden her heart against him, and succeeding only in primming up her face into an expression of entire disapprobation.
The Presbyterian Church held itself somewhat aloof from the other churches of Winesburg.
Of all the strange, uprooted people among the first settlers, those two men were the strangest and the most aloof.
While the common herd stood aloof, in deference to the quarters of Webb, the figure we have described stalked into the center of the domestics, freely expressing his censures or commendations on the merits of the horses, as by chance they displeased or satisfied his judgment.
So--with many a cold, deep heart-quake at the idea of at last coming into sordid contact with the world, from which she had so long kept aloof, while every added day of seclusion had rolled another stone against the cavern door of her hermitage--the poor thing bethought herself of the ancient shop-window, the rusty scales, and dusty till.
He made no offer of molestation or sociability, but kept aloof on one side of the road, jogging along on the blind side of old Gunpowder, who had now got over his fright and waywardness.
I observed, however, that one of them held somewhat aloof, and though he seemed desirous not to spoil the hilarity of his shipmates by his own sober face, yet upon the whole he refrained from making as much noise as the rest.
I simply wish to refuse allegiance to the State, to withdraw and stand aloof from it effectually.
How- ever, I was generally on hand -- for two reasons: a man must not hold himself aloof from the things which his friends and his community have at heart if he would be liked -- especially as a statesman; and both as business man and statesman I wanted to study the tournament and see if I couldn't invent an improve- ment on it.
The corps etiquette extended even to us, who were strangers, and required us to group with the white corps only, and speak only with the white corps, while we were their guests, and keep aloof from the caps of the other colors.
Rebecca Randall was of precisely the same stock, and had had much the same associations as her schoolmates, so one can hardly say why she so hated mean gossip and so instinctively held herself aloof from it.
So was the black horned thing seated aloof on a rock, surveying a distant crowd surrounding a gallows.