[ US /əˈɫuf/ ]
[ UK /ɐlˈuːf/ ]
  1. in an aloof manner
    the local gentry and professional classes had held aloof for the school had accepted their sons readily enough
  1. remote in manner
    a distant smile
    he was upstage with strangers
    stood apart with aloof dignity
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How To Use aloof In A Sentence

  • Outwardly tough, aloof and cynical, she does a good deal of nail-chewing and fiddling with a cigarette as she decides whether Jack can be trusted.
  • When he first came into the job, he was viewed as cool, aloof and intelligent.
  • Richard and his friends, he reminds us constantly, are wealthy, beautiful, aloof from the slings and arrows of dowdiness and paying bills and slogging it out in monotonous jobs.
  • Sam's wife of 50 years, Alfreda, who managed the business side of Maloof woodworking, died in 1998. Jane Chafin: Discovering Sam Maloof
  • Beneath that aloof exterior, Gayle is a warm, sympathetic person.
  • The two souls, deeply attached to each other, stand aloof from other members of the family.
  • It bore that air of uncostly refinement which is one of the most pleasing outward features of the aloof civilization to which it, though not the Callenders, belonged. Kincaid's Battery
  • The Sphinx, aloof from such matters of little consequence, waits patiently beyond the pool.
  • As a junior minister he was sometimes arrogant and aloof. Times, Sunday Times
  • A mate who doesn't need your help may prove aloof and solitary.
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