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əˈlufaloof

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. aloof, distant, upstageadverb

    remote in manner

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

  2. aloofadverb

    in an aloof manner

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

Wiktionary

  1. aloofadverb

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

  2. aloofadverb

    Without sympathy; unfavorably.

  3. aloofadjective

    Reserved and remote; either physically or emotionally distant

  4. 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. Aloofnoun

    same as Alewife

  2. Aloofadverb

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

  3. Aloofadverb

    without sympathy; unfavorably

  4. Aloof

    away from; clear from

  5. 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. 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.

  2. W. Somerset Maugham:

    I have an idea that some men are born out of their due place. Accident has cast them amid certain surroundings, but they have always a nostalgia for a home they know not. They are strangers at their birthplace, and the leafy lanes they have known from childhood or the populous streets in which they have played, remain but a place of passage. They may spend their whole lives aliens among their kindred and remain aloof among the only scenes they have ever knows. Perhaps it is this sense of strangeness that sends men far and wide in the search for something permanent, to which they may attach themselves. Perhaps some deep-rooted atavism urges the wanderer back to lands which his ancestors left in the dim beginnings of history. Sometimes a man hits upon a place to which he mysteriously feels that he belongs. Here is the home he sought, and he will settle amid scenes that he has never seen before, among men he has never known, as though they were familiar to him from his birth. Here at last he finds rest.

  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. Homer:

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

  5. 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!

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    (used especially of glances) directed to one side with or as if with doubt or suspicion or envy
    • A. splay
    • B. irascible
    • C. askant
    • D. commensal

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