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Related to aloof: wangle, Fault-finding

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.
References in classic literature ?
Now the earthenware pot tried its best to keep aloof from the brass one, which cried out: "Fear nothing, friend, I will not strike you.
Nevertheless I will go, that I may see my dear son and learn what sorrow has befallen him though he is still holding aloof from battle.
He must have acquired experiences which would form abundant material for a picaresque novel of modern Paris, but he remained aloof, and judging from his conversation there was nothing in those years that had made a particular impression on him.
The full moon was about three hours above the eastern horizon; the entire countryside had the solemn stillness of a summer night; our footfalls and the ceaseless song of the katydids were the only sound aloof.
And how aloof and remote from him she had become now!
Of all the strange, uprooted people among the first settlers, those two men were the strangest and the most aloof.
When he keeps aloof and tries to provoke a battle, he is anxious for the other side to advance.
After the eager rivalry and almost hostility displayed by these companies in their late campaigns, it might be expected that, when thus brought in juxtaposition, they would hold themselves warily and sternly aloof from each other, and, should they happen to come in contact, brawl and bloodshed would ensue.
She had held so aloof of late that her trouble, never generally known, was nearly forgotten in Marlott.
Nicholas felt himself irredeemably indebted to Sonya for all she was doing for his mother and greatly admired her patience and devotion, but tried to keep aloof from her.
It is true that I have never cared greatly for 'On the Heights,' which in its dealing with royalties seems too far aloof from the ordinary human life, and which on the moral side finally fades out into a German mistiness.
His whole life he had kept aloof from his kind, and he still desired to keep aloof.