stand-offish


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stand-offish

adjective reserved, remote, distant, aloof, cold, haughty, unapproachable, unsociable He can be quite stand-offish and rude, even to his friends.
open, warm, friendly, cordial, sociable, affable, congenial, approachable
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stand-offish

[ˌstændˈɒfɪʃ] ADJdistante, reservado
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He was stand-offish with the other agents, and they on their side said he was the manager's spy upon them.
It is no doubt highly delightful to have to do with a person who grins one moment about nothing at all, and snivels the next for precisely the same cause, and who then giggles, and then sulks, and who is rude, and affectionate, and bad-tempered, and jolly, and boisterous, and silent, and passionate, and cold, and stand-offish, and flopping, all in one minute (mind, I don't say this.
Since his emergence in the 81kg division Firewalker Gym fighter Whittaker has won a series of gold medals but it was his silver in Minsk - after a bizarre, stand-offish defeat to Azerbaijan's Loren Alfonso - which may ultimately prove to be most significant.
Speaking to Belle in the villa, Michael said he thought Joanna was "stand-offish" with him.
"But I thought in the first period that we were too stand-offish and we didn't work hard enough.
In October, Tim Rooke, a royal photographer, described the younger royals as stand-offish. This is because they do not normally deal with photographers and refuse to pose in front of cameras.
In a sense we discriminate with this stand-offish attitude to hunger - the poor are delicately called under-privileged, as if they will be offended when all they worry about is their next meal.
FORMER England forward Peter Crouch has called Rafa Benitez 'stand-offish' and said the Spaniard was regularly critical of players while at Liverpool.
Benitez was stand-offish and gave players a chance.
"Jim's very shy, so he's quite awkward when you meet him, but when you're on the telly it's not shyness, it's being stand-offish. I was like, 'Oh Jim, go and say hello!' - but Jim's Jim."
"Jim's very shy, so quite awkward when you meet him but when you're on telly it's not shyness it's being stand-offish. He went into the jungle and I was like, 'Oh, Jim, go and say hello!' But Jim's Jim.
It was all stand-offish. No one is trying to hit him or manhandle him.