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Aloof definitions

Webster's 1828 Dictionary

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.

WordNet (r) 3.0 (2005)

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"

Merriam Webster's

I. adverb Etymology: obsolete aloof to windward, from 1a- + louf, luf luff Date: 1523 at a distance II. adjective Date: 1608 removed or distant either physically or emotionally <he stood aloof from worldly success John Buchan> Synonyms: see indifferent aloofly adverb aloofness noun

Oxford Reference Dictionary

adj. & adv. --adj. distant, unsympathetic. --adv. away, apart (he kept aloof from his colleagues). Derivatives: aloofly adv. aloofness n. Etymology: orig. Naut., f. A(2) + LUFF

Webster's 1913 Dictionary

Aloof A*loof", n. (Zo["o]l.) Same as Alewife.

Webster's 1913 Dictionary

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.

Webster's 1913 Dictionary

Aloof A*loof", prep. Away from; clear from. [Obs.] Rivetus . . . would fain work himself aloof these rocks and quicksands. --Milton.

Collin's Cobuild Dictionary

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 aloof from something, they do not become involved with it. (FORMAL) The Government is keeping aloof from the controversy... ADJ: v-link ADJ from n

Soule's Dictionary of English Synonyms

ad. Apart, at a distance, away, off.

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