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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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.
He was stand-offish with the other agents, and they on their side said he was the manager's spy upon them.
With Kate, [she] and Miguel have a kind of stand-offish sort of thing.
I don't know whether the players had started to believe the hype of them being in the top four or what, but I just thought they were too stand-offish.
At first when they met each other they were a bit stand-offish and not as friendly but after a few weeks they were fine and now they get on.
Unfortunately, Tina remains completely stand-offish.
Initially, some of the big stars can be a bit stand-offish, but when they realise we're really passionate about what we do, and that we've got the best equipment and the best people to work with, they relax and become more chatty.
If you have five or six of those guys then, as a manager, you can be as docile, stand-offish and professorial as you like - but if you've got no characters then the team will become a mirror image of their boss.
Her best friend is acting very strange and stand-offish, and why does she get the feeling she is always being followed?
Half way through the interview she has surprised you with disarming talkativeness one does not normally associate with Katrina's stand-offish image.
He is a difficult to please chap and this coupled with me being absolutely rubbish at gift-buying generally results in a stand-offish reaction to presents I get him.
He was very stand-offish, and referring back to the IPC training, that was one of the signs that was suggested to look out for.