offish

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off·ish

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

off′ish·ly adv.
off′ish·ness n.

offish

(ˈɒfɪʃ)
adj
informal aloof or distant in manner
ˈoffishly adv
ˈoffishness n

off•ish

(ˈɔ fɪʃ, ˈɒf ɪʃ)

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

offish

adjective
Translations

offish

adj, offishly
adv (inf)reserviert, unnahbar, kühl (fig), → steif (fig)
References in classic literature ?
And by the same token, how was I to guess that her brother Pat's offishness with me was anything else than temperamental gloominess of spirit?
This manner extracts her from the community: the "faint hint of offishness which hung about her and repelled advances, an arrogance that stirred in people a peculiar irritation.
This offishness is understandable because the label, by obscuring change in the Church's sense of self, compromises the alleged Anglican "transformation" of the 1650s and threatens to render Hammond and his circle mere epigones of the late archbishop.