Adjective "aloof" definition and examples



Definitions and examples


Not friendly or forthcoming; cool and distant.
  1. 'an aloof and somewhat austere figure'
  2. 'It might be thought that I am aloof, smug, emotionally cool or that I believe that I am better than anyone else.'
  3. 'He's like Han Solo in Armani, ultra cool, aloof and with a sardonic put down for every occasion.'
  4. 'For the remainder of the night, she was very quiet, much to her friends' protests for being aloof and distant.'
  5. 'We keep our distance, lower our expectations, stay cool, aloof, and separate.'
  6. 'Michael did not suffer fools gladly and could seem aloof and distant at times, but this was his rather old-world formality.'
  7. 'He was much more approachable with his cool, aloof expression replaced by a mild, slightly humorous smirk.'
  8. 'Hiding behind a shag of brown hair, Yorn was all at once charming, aloof, cool and engaging.'
  9. 'Napoleon appears most distant and aloof in his demeanour when considered from his right side, from which point the eyes are least visible.'
  10. 'Lewis, charming and avuncular, is far easier to relate to than the aloof and distant Freud.'
  11. 'When he first came into the job, he was viewed as cool, aloof and intelligent.'
  12. 'It is to her credit that she has managed to stay aloof from such obvious labelling.'
  13. 'No, you keep yourself aloof from the free designer clothes and parties with royalty of the celebrity culture.'
  14. 'He encouraged his writers to remain slightly aloof from the world they were covering.'
  15. 'Dominic had held himself aloof from everyone, wounding them in the process.'
  16. 'Such a phenomenon is often perceived with greater clarity by those aloof from it.'
  17. 'They cannot stay aloof from politics or business and simultaneously be political and entrepreneurial.'
  18. 'The two souls, deeply attached to each other, stand aloof from other members of the family.'
  19. 'He was the watcher, aloof from the passions around him while others lived it.'
  20. 'I was by no means the only writer who asked herself how she could remain aloof from these events.'
  21. 'Mennonites and their cousins, the Amish, generally stayed aloof from politics.'


1. at a distance, especially in feeling or interest; apart: They always stood aloof from their classmates. adjective

2. reserved or reticent; indifferent; disinterested: Because of his shyness, he had the reputation of being aloof.

More examples(as adjective)

"self-effacings can be aloof from lives."

"media-shies can be aloof from lives."

"markets can be aloof from summits."

"themselveses can be aloof from pursuits."

"queens can be aloof on thrones."

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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. towards which it might drift. From this arose the sense ‘at a distance’.