What does aloof mean?

Definitions for aloof
əˈlufaloof

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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"

Wiktionary

  1. aloof(Adverb)

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

    Etymology: 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"

  2. aloof(Adverb)

    Without sympathy; unfavorably.

    Etymology: 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"

  3. aloof(Adjective)

    Reserved and remote; either physically or emotionally distant

    Etymology: 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

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

  2. Aloof(adverb)

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

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

  3. Aloof(adverb)

    without sympathy; unfavorably

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

  4. Aloof

    away from; clear from

    Etymology: [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.]

Dictionary of Nautical Terms

  1. aloof

    The old word for "keep your luff," in the act of sailing to the wind. (See LUFF.)--Keep aloof, at a distance.

  2. aloof

    Nearer to the wind. This is a very old form of luff; being noticed by Matthew Paris, and other writers, as a sea-term. (See LUFF.)

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Numerology

  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

Examples of aloof in a Sentence

  1. Anuj Somany:

    The addiction to selfie is enough proof to see how that person feels alone & aloof and loves only oneself, not a bit to others and women surpass men often in this connection.

  2. 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.

  3. Homer:

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

  4. 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.

  5. Aeschylus (525-456 B.C.), Frag. 146 (trans. by Plumptre).:

    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.

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

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