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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.
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