Part of Speech adjective
Origin + Etymology
Mid-16th century; English; 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 towards which it might drift. From this arose the sense "at a distance".
  • detached distant haughty indifferent
  • compassionate friendly genial
reserved or reticent; indifferent; disinterested
A) Her shyness made her seem aloof to new acquaintances, which only reinforced her shyness. B) His relationship with them grew more aloof as he was drawn to a new crowd.
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