[ stand-aw-fish ]
Part of SpeechadjectiveOrigin + Etymology
Early-19th century; derives from the English slang standoff, standing away or aside
adjectivesomewhat aloof or reserved; cold and unfriendly
adjectiveA) The stray cat was standoffish at first, but he later warmed up to his new family. B) Her personality was standoffish when she was around people she didn't know well.