What does aloof mean?

Definitions for aloofəˈluf

Here are all the possible meanings and translations of the word aloof.

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

  5. Origin: [Pref. a- + loof, fr. D. loef luff, and so meaning, as a nautical word, to the windward. See Loof, Luff.]

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Aloof

    a-lōōf′, adv. at a distance: apart.—n. Aloof′ness, withdrawal from common action or sympathy. [Pfx. a- (—A.S. on), on, and Loof, prob. Dut. loef. See Luff.]


  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of aloof in Chaldean Numerology is: 8

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of aloof in Pythagorean Numerology is: 4

Sample Sentences & Example Usage

  1. Homer:

    But curb thou the high spirit in thy breast, for gentle ways are best, and keep aloof from sharp contentions.

  2. Mehmet Murat ildan:

    The more you stand aloof from the sword, from the arrow, from the lance and from the fist, the more you become civilised!

  3. Aeschylus:

    Of all the Gods, Death only craves not gifts: Nor sacrifice, nor yet drink-offering poured Avails; no altars hath he, nor is soothed By hymns of praise. From him alone of all The powers of Heaven Persuasion holds aloof.

  4. Anuj Somany:

    The greatest stunt in life is to be different by being consistent to be true to oneself, as then the blunt and upfront nature will test the nerve as how much capacity and capability he or she has to be alone and aloof in this world.

  5. Zhang Chunxian:

    There are Uighurs that have fled overseas and joined the Islamic State, the organization has a huge international influence and Xinjiang can't keep aloof from it and we have already been affected. We have also found that some who fought returned to Xinjiang to participate in terrorist plots.

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Translations for aloof

From our Multilingual Translation Dictionary

  • отделно, сдържан, резервиран, настраниBulgarian
  • reserviert, menschenscheu, zurückhaltend, distanziertGerman
  • reservado, sin compasión, alejado, apartado, a distanciaSpanish
  • varautunut, etäinenFinnish
  • dédaigneusement, résevé, distant, dédaigneuxFrench
  • fad àsScottish Gaelic
  • jauhIndonesian
  • distaccato, con distaccoItalian
  • מנגדHebrew
  • terughoudend, gereserveerd, negatief, afstandelijk, apartDutch
  • z niesmakiemPolish
  • alijado, alheio, distantePortuguese
  • стороня́щийся, поодаль, отстранённо, сде́ржанный, отчуждённый, сторона, равнодушноRussian

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