Definitions for aloofəˈluf

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary


  1. reserved or reticent; indifferent:

    to have the reputation of being aloof.

  2. (adv.)at a distance, esp. in feeling or interest; apart:

    to stand aloof from one's classmates.

Origin of aloof:

1525–35; a -1+loofluff windward


Princeton's WordNet

  1. aloof, distant, upstage(adverb)

    remote in manner

    "stood apart with aloof dignity"; "a distant smile"; "he was upstage with strangers"

  2. aloof(adverb)

    in an aloof manner

    "the local gentry and professional classes had held aloof for the school had accepted their sons readily enough"


  1. aloof(Adverb)

    At or from a distance, but within view, or at a small distance; apart; away.

  2. aloof(Adverb)

    Without sympathy; unfavorably.

  3. aloof(Adjective)

    Reserved and remote; either physically or emotionally distant

  4. Origin: From a- + Middle English loof (="weather gage," also "windward direction"), probably from Dutch loef (="the weather side of a ship"); originally a nautical order to keep the ship's head to the wind, thus to stay clear of a lee-shore or some other quarter, hence the figurative sense of "at a distance, apart"

Webster Dictionary

  1. Aloof(noun)

    same as Alewife

  2. Aloof(adverb)

    at or from a distance, but within view, or at a small distance; apart; away

  3. Aloof(adverb)

    without sympathy; unfavorably

  4. Aloof

    away from; clear from

Translations for aloof

Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary


not sociable and friendly

People find the new teacher rather aloof.

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