aloofness


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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.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.aloofness - indifference by personal withdrawalaloofness - indifference by personal withdrawal; "emotional distance"
indifference - unbiased impartial unconcern
2.aloofness - a disposition to be distant and unsympathetic in manneraloofness - a disposition to be distant and unsympathetic in manner
unsociability, unsociableness - an unsociable disposition; avoiding friendship or companionship
unapproachability - a disposition to be unapproachable; unfriendly and inaccessible

aloofness

noun
Dissociation from one's surroundings or worldly affairs:
Translations
إبْتِعاد، إنْعِزَال، تَحَفُّظ
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aloofness

[əˈluːfnɪs] Nactitud f distante

aloofness

[əˈluːfnɪs] nréserve f, attitude f distante

aloofness

nUnnahbarkeit f

aloofness

[əˈluːfnɪs] nriserbo, distacco

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
References in classic literature ?
Larry wore this air of official aloofness even on the street, where there were no car-windows to compromise his dignity.
Consequently there became established between us relations which, to a large extent, were incomprehensible to me, considering her general pride and aloofness.
She could scarcely endure the aloofness with which he had withdrawn into himself.
In her white dress, with a pale green ribbon about the waist and a wreath of ivy on her hat, she had the same Diana-like aloofness as when she had entered the Beaufort ball-room on the night of her engagement.
His appearance was wild and uncouth; there was aloofness in his eyes and sensuality in his mouth; he was big and strong; he gave the impression of untamed passion; and perhaps she felt in him, too, that sinister element which had made me think of those wild beings of the world's early history when matter, retaining its early connection with the earth, seemed to possess yet a spirit of its own.
He insinuated that his aloofness was due to distaste for all that was common and low.
He was conscious of an aloofness from everything earthly and a strange and joyous lightness of existence.
The charm, which he had tried to disown, when under the effect of it, the beauty, the character, the aloofness, which he had been determined not to feel, now possessed him wholly; and when, as happened by the nature of things, he had exhausted his memory, he went on with his imagination.
Casaubon's words had been quite reasonable, yet they had brought a vague instantaneous sense of aloofness on his part.
Michael had responded coyly with an assumption of dignified aloofness that was given the lie by the eager tilt of his ears and the good-humour that shone in his eyes.
Too long had he cultivated reticence, aloofness, and moroseness.
That stuck-up doll-face," was the way the girls of the neighbourhood described her; and though she earned their enmity by her beauty and aloofness, she none the less commanded their respect.