ALOOF, adv. [Probably from the root of leave, to depart.] 1. At a distance, but within view, or at a small distance, in a literal sense; as, to stand aloof. 2. In a figurative sense, not concerned in a design; declining to take any share, implying circumspection; keeping at a distance from the point, or matter in debate.
adj 1: remote in manner; "stood apart with aloof dignity"; "a distant smile"; "he was upstage with strangers" [syn: aloof, distant, upstage] adv 1: in an aloof manner; "the local gentry and professional classes had held aloof for the school had accepted their sons readily enough"
I. adverbEtymology: obsolete aloof to windward, from 1a- + louf, luf luff Date: 1523 at a distance II. adjectiveDate: 1608 removed or distant either physically or emotionally <he stood aloof from worldly success — John Buchan> Synonyms:seeindifferent • alooflyadverb • aloofnessnoun
Aloof A*loof", adv. [Pref. a- + loof, fr. D. loef luff, and so meaning, as a nautical word, to the windward. See Loof, Luff.] 1. At or from a distance, but within view, or at a small distance; apart; away. Our palace stood aloof from streets. --Dryden. 2. Without sympathy; unfavorably. To make the Bible as from the hand of God, and then to look at it aloof and with caution, is the worst of all impieties. --I. Taylor.
1. Someone who is aloof is not very friendly and does not like to spend time with other people. He seemed aloof and detached.= distant ADJ: usu v-link ADJ [disapproval] 2. If someone stays alooffrom something, they do not become involved with it. (FORMAL) The Government is keeping aloof from the controversy...ADJ: v-link ADJ from n