Aloof Definition and Meaning: What Does Aloof Mean?
Distant physically or emotionally; reserved and remote: stood apart with aloof dignity.
At a distance but within view; apart.
distant, unsympathetic, or supercilious in manner, attitude, or feeling
1. reserved or reticent; indifferent: to have the reputation of being aloof.
2. at a distance, esp. in feeling or interest; apart: to stand aloof from one's classmates.
Adj.1.aloof - remote in manner; "stood apart with aloof dignity"; "a distant smile"; "he was upstage with strangers"
reserved - marked by self-restraint and reticence; "was habitually reserved in speech, withholding her opinion"-Victoria Sackville-West
Adv.1.aloof - in an aloof manner; "the local gentry and professional classes had held aloof for the school had accepted their sons readily enough"
at a distance, especially in feeling or interest; apart: They always stood aloof from their classmates.
reserved or reticent; indifferent; disinterested: Because of his shyness, he had the reputation of being aloof.
1525–35; - + loof luff windward
2. cool, detached; distant, standoffish; snobbish, haughty, disdainful.
1. near. 2. warm, open, gregarious, outgoing.
Word Origin & History
1530s, from a - (1) + M.E. loof "weather gage," also "windward direction," probably from Du. loef (M.Du. lof) "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 fig.
sense of "at a distance, apart" (1580s).
Origin of ALOOF
obsolete aloof to windward, from 1a- + louf, luf luff
First Known Use: 1523
Rhymes with ALOOF
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Definition of ALOOF
: removed or distant either physically or emotionally <he stood aloof from worldly success — John Buchan>
— aloof·ly adverb
— aloof·ness noun
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Examples of ALOOF
They tried to keep aloof from the politics of the day.
<the new kid was really not so aloof as we thought him at first, just painfully shy>
In truth, he isn't so much aloof as he is courtly in a formal, afternoon-tea sort of way. —Joe Klein, Time, 21 July 2003
Origin of ALOOF
First Known Use: 1608
Related to ALOOF
cool, antisocial, asocial, buttoned-up, cold, cold-eyed, detached, distant, dry, frosty, offish, remote, standoff, standoffish, unbending, unclubbable, unsociable
cordial, friendly, sociable, social, warm
indrawn, introverted, nongregarious, recessive, reclusive, reserved, unsocial, withdrawn; misanthropic; apathetic, hard, indifferent, unconcerned; clinical, dispassionate, impersonal, professional; disinterested, incurious, uninterested; reticent, silent, taciturn, uncommunicative; diffident, shy, timid; cliquey, cliquish, clubbish
boon, clubbable (also clubable), clubby, companionable, convivial, extroverted (also extraverted), gregarious, outgoing; communicative, expansive, garrulous, talkative; affable, folksy, genial, gracious, hospitable; agreeable, amiable, congenial, kindly, neighborly
Definition of aloof
mid 16th century: from a2 (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. towards which it might drift. From this arose the sense 'at a distance'
Example sentences for aloof
She appeared aloof and sometimes refused to shake hands with admirers.
There is something aloof within us that will not be divided or communicated.
And actors have to be aloof and mysterious and artistic and all that.
He remained aloof from the abstract movement of his time, and thus won readily the respect of the French academicians.
The supreme leader is supposed to stay aloof from the cut and thrust of mundane politics.
Ignored, she swam over to another drake, but he too remained woodenly aloof.
So sheltered, these later villages seem to stand outside of time, aloof to the present.
He held himself aloof from his chattels, though providing occasional prizes or holidays for good work.
Still others wanted to remain politically aloof from the wars and quarrels of the larger world.
That humility made her approachable rather than aloof .
His aloof, innovative approach to the simple story says as much as the plot itself in which two cousins symbolize polar opposites.
He held himself aloof from womankind...
The latter seems to be warm and friendly, but aloof and lacking any poise.