What does aloof mean?

aloof meaning in General Dictionary

Away from clear from

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  • At or from a distance but within view or at a tiny length apart away
  • identical to Alewife
  • in an aloof way
  • remote in manner
  • Identical To Alewife.
  • At or from a distance, but within view, or at a small length; aside; away.
  • Without sympathy; unfavorably.
  • far from; clear from.

aloof meaning in Etymology Dictionary

1530s, from a- (1) + Middle English loof "weather gage," also "windward way," most likely from Dutch loef (Middle Dutch lof) "the current weather part of a ship." Originally a nautical purchase to help keep the ship's visit the wind, thus to stay away from a lee-shore or some other quarter; ergo the figurative feeling of "at a distance, apart" (1580s). Associated: Aloofly; aloofness.


aloof meaning in General Dictionary

(n.) Same as Alewife.

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  • (adv.) At or from a distance, but within view, or at a tiny length; apart; away.
  • (adv.) Without sympathy; unfavorably.
  • (prep.) Far from; clear from.

Sentence Examples with the word aloof

For the moment Germany was to hold aloof lest any active initiative on her part should displease the Vatican, of whose help Bismarck stood in need.

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