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 (ô′fĭsh, ŏf′ĭsh)
Inclined to be distant and reserved; aloof.

off′ish·ly adv.
off′ish·ness n.


informal aloof or distant in manner
ˈoffishly adv
ˈoffishness n


(ˈɔ fɪʃ, ˈɒf ɪʃ)

aloof; unapproachable.
[1825–35, Amer.]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adj.1.offish - lacking cordiality; unfriendly; "a standoffish manner"
unapproachable - discouraging intimacies; reserved; "an unapproachable executive"




adj, offishly
adv (inf)reserviert, unnahbar, kühl (fig), → steif (fig)
References in classic literature ?
She let him do as he liked, although in the street she was offish enough to other men, refusing their familiarities partly from decorum and partly for contempt for their commonness.
Norman Halden from the University of Manitoba developed the technique offish otolith microchemistry and the Yukon Research Centre, Access Consulting Group, and Na-cho Nyak Dun First Nation applied it on fish from the Keno Hill mining district.
Factory default settings on most machines are adjusted to maximize the display offish marks, not necessarily to do the best job of showing the difference between hard and soft bottoms.
Larger aircraft can land on the 4,000-foot runway bringing fuel and freight deliveries, which will facilitate faster transportation offish product from the Yup'ik Eskimo village to market.
based The Hain Celestial Group, owner of the Earth's Best brand, say that the nuggets have 60% less fat and 30% more protein than the leading brand offish nuggets.
The original Fish Fight continues to encourage shoppers to try alternative species offish, with Waitrose, Sainsbury's and Birds Eye all reporting increased fish sales.
Using life history and population data on sturgeon that spawn in the Ural River, researchers examined the implications of keeping different age classes offish in the population.
Although the benefits were modest, there is little downside to taking a small amount offish oil or consuming one or two servings a week of oily fish (such as tuna, salmon, mackerel, cod, halibut, or sardines).
For example, you need a proper diet consisting of lots offish, chicken, vegetables, and nuts; plenty of daily exercise; no smoking; and blood pressure, cholesterol, and weight control.
However, the average size offish caught in the 2009 fishery should be exceptional.
AT LONG last, the BBC has reported on the dumping of dead fish (BBC News, November 20) back overboard by UK fishing boats on orders from the EU Fishery Council, who delegate quotas offish species to allegedly conserve endangered types such as cod and haddock.
But why would any head office be so petty as to respond to a community effort in such a stand offish and alienating manner?