Definition of aloof in English:

aloof

adjective

  • 1Not friendly or forthcoming; cool and distant.

    ‘they were courteous but faintly aloof’
    ‘an aloof and somewhat austere figure’
    • ‘When he first came into the job, he was viewed as cool, aloof and intelligent.’
    • ‘People who had not attended any of the prior gatherings came and while some were friendly, others were aloof.’
    • ‘We keep our distance, lower our expectations, stay cool, aloof, and separate.’
    • ‘Hiding behind a shag of brown hair, Yorn was all at once charming, aloof, cool and engaging.’
    • ‘It might be thought that I am aloof, smug, emotionally cool or that I believe that I am better than anyone else.’
    • ‘It's really hard to be cool and aloof here if some little pill makes you bawl about everything.’
    • ‘Lewis, charming and avuncular, is far easier to relate to than the aloof and distant Freud.’
    • ‘Staying out of the media spotlight can lead to accusations of being aloof or distant or smug.’
    • ‘Tessa's tone was cool and aloof, but Rogers could sense the apprehensive undertone.’
    • ‘And likewise, I try to remain a little distant and aloof, and not reveal too much of myself and my ditziness.’
    • ‘He was much more approachable with his cool, aloof expression replaced by a mild, slightly humorous smirk.’
    • ‘I consider myself warm and friendly, but I act cool and aloof with other people.’
    • ‘For the remainder of the night, she was very quiet, much to her friends' protests for being aloof and distant.’
    • ‘Michael did not suffer fools gladly and could seem aloof and distant at times, but this was his rather old-world formality.’
    • ‘I sat down next to her and tried to strike up a conversion about old times - but she was aloof and distant.’
    • ‘He's so aloof and distant that it somehow draws people to him.’
    • ‘If you don't really know him, you might think he's a little distant, aloof, but he's not at all.’
    • ‘He's like Han Solo in Armani, ultra cool, aloof and with a sardonic put down for every occasion.’
    • ‘Sometimes he seemed on edge, about ready to explode at her in anger, but there were also times that he could be cool and aloof.’
    • ‘Napoleon appears most distant and aloof in his demeanour when considered from his right side, from which point the eyes are least visible.’
    distant, detached, unresponsive, remote, unapproachable, forbidding, stand-offish, formal, impersonal, stiff, austere, stuffy, withdrawn, reserved, unforthcoming, uncommunicative, indifferent
    unfriendly, unsympathetic, unsociable, antisocial, cool, cold, chilly, frigid, frosty
    haughty, supercilious, disdainful
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    1. 1.1 Conspicuously uninvolved and uninterested, typically through distaste.
      ‘he stayed aloof from the bickering’
      • ‘He encouraged his writers to remain slightly aloof from the world they were covering.’
      • ‘His mind does not remain aloof from the page, it enters the page and is absorbed in it, because it is not blocked by the ego.’
      • ‘It is to her credit that she has managed to stay aloof from such obvious labelling.’
      • ‘No, you keep yourself aloof from the free designer clothes and parties with royalty of the celebrity culture.’
      • ‘I was by no means the only writer who asked herself how she could remain aloof from these events.’
      • ‘Dominic had held himself aloof from everyone, wounding them in the process.’
      • ‘The Sphinx, aloof from such matters of little consequence, waits patiently beyond the pool.’
      • ‘He didn't explain how he persuaded them not to remain aloof from his experimental interventions.’
      • ‘The two souls, deeply attached to each other, stand aloof from other members of the family.’
      • ‘Ministers stayed aloof from the groups they had worked with in opposition.’
      • ‘The so-called modern society has kept itself aloof from this feeling.’
      • ‘Mennonites and their cousins, the Amish, generally stayed aloof from politics.’
      • ‘The man seemed to have grasped the essence of standing aloof from worldly anxieties and vexations.’
      • ‘They cannot stay aloof from politics or business and simultaneously be political and entrepreneurial.’
      • ‘She was raised to be an aristocrat from birth, and had lived in luxury aloof from the world at large.’
      • ‘He will also strictly keep aloof from their activities if they try to scuttle the success of another star's film.’
      • ‘Neither country can afford to stand aloof from the United Nations.’
      • ‘Such a phenomenon is often perceived with greater clarity by those aloof from it.’
      • ‘He was the watcher, aloof from the passions around him while others lived it.’
      • ‘It is all becoming too complicated and so most subscribers prefer to keep themselves aloof from the row for now and watch serials in peace.’
      independent, standing on one's own two feet, self-sufficient, self-reliant, introverted, undemonstrative, quiet, private, insular, reserved, unemotional, uncommunicative, reticent, secretive
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Origin

Mid 16th century: from a- (expressing direction) + luff. The term was originally an adverb in nautical use, meaning away and to windward! i.e., with the ship's head kept close to the wind away from a lee shore, etc., toward which it might otherwise drift. From this arose the sense at a distance literally or figuratively.

Pronunciation:

aloof

/əˈlo͞of/