Definition of standoffish in English:



  • Distant and cold in manner; unfriendly.

    • ‘He's usually stand-offish but seems he and the Captain are talking more as of late so I think that gives us a full house.’
    • ‘Since then, she's been reclusive, stand-offish, and another synonym for those two words.’
    • ‘Everyone nodded, except the girls who remained stand-offish.’
    • ‘He has a reputation for being wooden and stand-offish, but I think he comes across as both personable and thoughtful in his ads.’
    • ‘He hadn't been cruel or physically abusive, merely distant and stand-offish.’
    • ‘Some people are receptive, but others are understandably stand-offish.’
    • ‘Even the fiercest Rottwieler or the stand-offish German Shepherd becomes as timid as a doe when Murugan takes them by the leash.’
    • ‘Even the most stand-offish of neighbours had no choice but to bump into each other on the stairs.’
    • ‘She never won widespread popular approval with her stand-offish manner.’
    • ‘Where most of the marines had been somewhat stand-offish or had just ignored him, John was now being greeted by every marine that passed him.’
    • ‘An odd thing for anybody to do, but for an Australian particularly in a side like that, in a touring side, it was regarded as being pretty stand-offish, they didn't like it.’
    • ‘You've heard that some of the girls at school think you're snobby and stand-offish.’
    • ‘I found the lady a little stand-offish and decided that the job wasn't for me after all (I'd suspected this before I actually had the interview, anyway).’
    • ‘He certainly could be responsive and very, very smart, but there was always that stand-offish quality.’
    • ‘His last speech was a good one, it summed up everything he's been working for, but it was a bit stand-offish.’
    • ‘Although her publicity shots present her as a sultry, moody, sleepy-eyed blonde with a slightly sneering, stand-offish expression, Herbert couldn't be more down-to-earth, likeable and friendly.’
    • ‘My son's daycare teacher has a stand-offish attitude to me now.’
    • ‘Although initially stand-offish, Sistani ordered his people to co-operate with the Americans.’
    • ‘She writes in the same light, charming, though slightly stand-offish style.’
    • ‘Some politicians can be very stand-offish but Mr Blair was very nice and pleasant.’
    aloof, distant, remote, detached, impersonal, withdrawn, reserved, uncommunicative, unforthcoming, unapproachable, unfriendly, unsociable, cool, chilly, cold, haughty, disdainful, uninvolved, unresponsive, indifferent, unconcerned, preoccupied, abstracted
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