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People who don’t know her, think she is aloof from the rest of the team, but she is just focused on the game.
  socially distant — often thinking oneself superior to others


obviously uninterested in something that interests others — often as though thinking it beneath one’s dignity or distasteful
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aloof aloofness
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  • People who don’t know her, think she is aloof from the rest of the team, but she is just focused on the game.
  • She focuses on her work and is aloof from office politics.
  • Socs were always behind a wall of aloofness, careful not to let their real selves show through.
    S.E. Hinton  --  The Outsiders
  • But Clara was aloof also from her fellow-workers.
    D.H. Lawrence  --  Sons and Lovers

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  • (Unable to stand longer her mother’s aloofness, slowly drops album on table, and moves quickly to L. of Mother) (Passionately) On, Mama, just look at me one minute as though you really saw me.
    Thornton Wilder  --  Our Town
  • This room was swept and fairly neat, for Crooks was a proud, aloof man.
    John Steinbeck  --  Of Mice and Men
  • Sana’s eyes widen, and even Keenan looks slightly sick, his aloofness falling away for a moment.
    Sabaa Tahir  --  An Ember in the Ashes
  • Cold and aloof and really calculating—you got the feeling that he was definitely aware of how much money Amy had.
    Gillian Flynn  --  Gone Girl
  • "Have you noticed that Natalie’s getting, I don’t know …. more aloof?"
    Kiera Cass  --  The Elite
  • They were his children, in some sense: all of them motivated by his success, his youth, his ability to see ideas into execution, while remaining himself, perfectly aloof and yet furiously productive.
    Dave Eggers  --  The Circle

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  • With folks who knew nothing of my criminal secret and looming imprisonment, I was simply not quite myself—pleasant, sometimes charming, but aloof, distant, perhaps even indifferent.
    Piper Kerman  --  Orange Is the New Black
  • His dignity was unassailable, yet he was by no means aloof.
    Farley Mowat  --  Never Cry Wolf
  • I feared she would be distant, aloof.
    Patrick Rothfuss  --  The Name of the Wind
  • My paternal grandfather—Philip—was a strict, aloof man.
    Michael Ondaatje  --  Running in the Family
  • But a little part of me stayed aloof during the whole thing.
    Jojo Moyes  --  Me Before You
  • In real life, she didn’t look so pale and aloof—well, not most of the time, anyway.
    Rick Riordan  --  The Trials of Apollo
  • Nat remained aloof, absorbed in a totally male world of rigging and canvas.
    Elizabeth George Speare  --  The Witch of Blackbird Pond
  • "I know that I’m sometimes aloof with you, and I know you complain about it to Dorian, but—"
    Sarah J. Maas  --  Throne of Glass
  • But Stacey remained aloof and had little to do with him.
    Mildred D. Taylor  --  Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry
  • Merrick got her husband, but he was a cold, aloof man unless he was drinking, in which case he grew argumentative and boorish.
    Anne Tayler  --  A Spool of Blue Thread
  • Werner looks up at the stone houses arrayed wall to wall, tall and aloof, their faces damp, their windows dark.
    Anthony Doerr  --  All the Light We Cannot See
  • Otherwise, Yamacraw remains aloof and apart from the world beyond the river.
    Pat Conroy  --  The Water is Wide
  • The brittle aloofness with which I had so willfully armored myself I felt crumbling away utterly.
    William Styron  --  Sophie’s Choice
  • She said, one day, that she found him aloof and often arrogant.
    Khaled Hosseini  --  And The Mountains Echoed
  • There was something that he lacked: discretion, aloofness, a sort of saving stupidity.
    George Orwell  --  1984
  • They were aloof, and at the same time possessive.
    John Steinbeck  --  The Grapes of Wrath
  • He’s trying to stay aloof, but his eyes show a hunger I’ve seen before.
    Simone Elkeles  --  Perfect Chemistry
  • Only Napoleon held aloof.
    George Orwell  --  Animal Farm
  • Give me thy torch, boy: hence, and stand aloof;— Yet put it out, for I would not be seen.
    William Shakespeare  --  Romeo and Juliet
  • All those years of aloofness, of cooping herself up and not caring where Laila went and whom she saw and what she thought… It was unfair.
    Khaled Hosseini  --  A Thousand Splendid Suns
  • That was how I escaped my father’s aloofness, in my dead mother’s books.
    Khaled Hosseini  --  The Kite Runner
  • I have taken it, and am waiting for sleep, which still keeps aloof.
    Bram Stoker  --  Dracula
  • He paused as if counting those that were present, and then sat down aloof, with his eyes on the ground.
    J.R.R. Tolkien  --  The Fellowship of the Ring
  • One, aloof, stand sentinel.
    William Shakespeare  --  A Midsummer Night’s Dream
  • His disposition (always inclined to exact concessions rather than to make them) kept him aloof from all friendships.
    Alexandre Dumas  --  The Count of Monte Cristo
  • Yossarian could make out Major Major by his towering and lanky aloofness and thought he recognized Major Danby mopping his brow with a handkerchief.
    Joseph Heller  --  Catch-22
  • But I kept aloof from their more foolhardy schemes for a while, and on pain of being called a girl, I spent most of the remaining twilights that summer sitting with Miss Maudie Atkinson on her front porch.
    Harper Lee  --  To Kill a Mockingbird
  • He was always surrounded by funky, lively people, by cute girls with dyed hair and piercings, by aloof guys who perked up when Adam rock-talked with them.
    Gayle Forman  --  If I Stay
  • ’You were so aloof,’ he said, ’always wandering into the garden with Jasper, going off on your own.
    Daphne du Maurier  --  Rebecca
  • The anti-Zionist students remained aloof, bitter, disdainful of our Zionism.
    Chaim Potok  --  The Chosen
  • A new sensation of comfort and relief came over him when, seeing these girls, he realized the existence of other human interests entirely aloof from his own and just as legitimate as those that occupied him.
    Leo Tolstoy  --  War and Peace
  • So was the black horned thing seated aloof on a rock, surveying a distant crowd surrounding a gallows.
    Charlotte Bronte  --  Jane Eyre
  • His judgment, which was almost wholly disassociated from hope, held itself aloof and soared on high.
    Victor Hugo  --  Les Miserables
  • He did not mingle with it, but remained aloof, always himself, and was even feared by it.
    Jack London  --  White Fang
  • They stood a little aloof while he was talking to their niece, who, astonished and confused, scarcely dared lift her eyes to his face, and knew not what answer she returned to his civil inquiries after her family.
    Jane Austen  --  Pride and Prejudice
  • Then she seemed to draw on some inner strength, squaring her shoulders and lifting her chin so she was distant and aloof.
    Christopher Paolini  --  Eldest
  • ’She was hanging about me all day, and night too, when I was stretched on my back; and you, like a blackhearted wolf as you are, kept yourself aloof,’ said Sikes.
    Charles Dickens  --  Oliver Twist
  • Nerissa and the rest, stand all aloof; Let music sound while he doth make his choice; Then, if he lose, he makes a swan-like end, Fading in music: that the comparison May stand more proper, my eye shall be the stream And watery death-bed for him.
    William Shakespeare  --  The Merchant of Venice
  • He leaned there, looking at us all with a remote aloofness in which I sensed an unstated questioning beneath a friendly charm.
    Ralph Ellison  --  Invisible Man
  • Tears threatened to erase the aloofness of their authority.
    Toni Morrison  --  The Bluest Eye
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