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.
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.
Oblonsky had more than once experienced this extreme sense of aloofness, instead of intimacy, coming on after dinner, and he knew what to do in such cases.
Bert and Billy were awkward and silent, oppressed by a strange aloofness.
Consequently there became established between us relations which, to a large extent, were incomprehensible to me, considering her general pride and aloofness.
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.
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.
She was very pale and seemed to have wrapped herself in her old mantle of aloofness.
There was in the immobility of that bloodless face the dreadful aloofness of suffering without remedy.
True, I noticed a certain aloofness on the part of my general friends, but this I ascribed to the disapproval that was prevalent in my circles of my intended marriage with Ernest.
Walter Pater (1839-1894), an Oxford Fellow, also represents distinctly the spirit of unworldliness, which in his case led to a personal aloofness from active life.