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 (stănd-ô′fĭsh, -ŏf′ĭsh)
Aloof or reserved.

stand·off′ish·ness n.


reserved, haughty, or aloof
ˌstandˈoffishly adv
ˌstandˈoffishness n


or stand′-off′ish,

tending to be aloof and unfriendly.
stand′off′ish•ly, adv.
stand′off′ish•ness, n.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adj.1.standoffish - lacking cordiality; unfriendly; "a standoffish manner"
unapproachable - discouraging intimacies; reserved; "an unapproachable executive"




[ˌstændˈɒfɪʃ] adj (fam, pej) → scostante, freddo/a
References in classic literature ?
The great and only Max is more stiff and standoffish than ever this year," said Huldah.
While Ali is being strangely standoffish with his mum, it seems any misplaced anger at being sent away to live with his other family will now be directed back at Ryan, who will also be returning from the past to the Street.
DOWN: 1 Forgive 2 Fastener 3 Eggs 4 Casualty 5 Eden 6 Ashes 8 Standoffish 13 Operator 14 Merriest 15 Insects 18 Scarf 20 Mock 21 Quay
Her standoffish, elderly father rarely leaves his bed, but someone still has to discuss matters of state with werewolves, yokai, zombie generals and more
In alternating first-person chapters, both Olivia and Zoey come across as standoffish with major attitude, and the reader does not get enough detail and build-up from Grace to explain and lead up to their sexual orientation discovery.
After appearing standoffish to Juliet, Mark finally confesses that he is in love with her on Christmas, Huffington Post reported.
Although for the most part Google has been standoffish and open source about the use of Android, it has taken steps within the last year to take back more control of the platform.
Essentially a road trip-cum-slow-burning romantic drama, the pic sees the newly hired Ning (Christy Mahanani) sent into the mountains to make deliveries with her initially standoffish but finally charming colleague, Mnr (Muhamma Abe Baasyin).
But as the sons and daughters of those notoriously underprepared Baby Boomers, Gen Xers have reached a point where their standoffish and often cynical approach to life--not to mention financial planning--has mellowed a little, and we could use a little assistance in helping to establish a financial roadmap.
Chickens, sheep and standoffish goats illustrate the role of animals in the farming system, rows of plants arc used to produce Biodynamic teas--as is a pit containing the controversial manure-filled ct)w's horns--plus manual mixing machines for the teas.
The researchers found that ordinary washed hairs are standoffish with each other at a distance, but get them as close as 15 nanometers and attractive forces kick in.
As a zoologist, his particular object of academic study was the praying mantis (its brain, to be precise), and one imagines that, should we meet him, he would indeed resemble a large stick insect, brittle and standoffish.