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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.
He said, Watts was "real quiet" and sometimes was somewhat "standoffish."
DOWN: 1 Cleaver 2 Concerto 3 Beta 4 Corporal 5 Etui 6 Perth 8 Standoffish 13 Alter ego 14 Extended 15 Uproots 18 Islam 20 Moon 21 City.
He told The Dodo, 'She was a little standoffish at first, but then I started to talk to her and pet her and bring her treats.'
"We were standoffish about all flags," he said, noting this extended to the European flag.
The government appeared standoffish when its role should have been to take those threatening protest to task for disturbing peace.
A standoffish attitude suits neither the country nor the PTI.
It's going to be fun and approachable, not standoffish. A fun, engaged, exciting place."
By 1964, as a Bobby-inspired Democrat attending Manhattan College, Giuliani was writing columns railing against Republican presidential nominee Barry Goldwater, whose view of government he found "cold hearted" and "standoffish." Later, at the U.S.
" He has played the club before, and recalls: "The crowd was a little standoffish at the beginning.