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aloof

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Definition socially distant or uninterested in something that interests others — often thinking oneself superior to others
  • People who don't know her, think she is aloof from the rest of the team, but she is just focused on the game.
aloof = socially distant or uninterested
  • She missed their warm relationship and was saddened by his aloofness.
  • aloofness = emotional distance and lack of interest
    (Editor's note:  The suffix "-ness" converts an adjective to a noun that means the quality of. This is the same pattern you see in words like darkness, kindness, and coolness.)
  • She focuses on her work and is aloof from office politics.
  • aloof = uninterested
  • But Stacey remained aloof and had little to do with him.
    Mildred D. Taylor  --  Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry
  • aloof = uninterested in being friends
  • Socs were always behind a wall of aloofness, careful not to let their real selves show through.
    S.E. Hinton  --  The Outsiders
  • aloofness = social distance (acting superior)
    (Editor's note:  The suffix "-ness" converts an adjective to a noun that means the quality of. This is the same pattern you see in words like darkness, kindness, and coolness.)
  • 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
  • aloof = socially distant or uninterested
  • But Clara was aloof also from her fellow-workers.
    D.H. Lawrence  --  Sons and Lovers
  • aloof = socially distant — often thinking oneself superior to others
  • (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
  • aloofness = emotionally distance
    (Editor's note:  The suffix "-ness" converts an adjective to a noun that means the quality of. This is the same pattern you see in words like darkness, kindness, and coolness.)
  • His eyes, which showed a great warmth as he hugged and kissed us now, often had a cold, distant glaze, and there was an aloofness in him which the boys and I could never quite bridge.
    Mildred D. Taylor  --  Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry
  • aloofness = social distance
    (Editor's note:  The suffix "-ness" converts an adjective to a noun that means the quality of. This is the same pattern you see in words like darkness, kindness, and coolness.)
  • This room was swept and fairly neat, for Crooks was a proud, aloof man.
    John Steinbeck  --  Of Mice and Men
  • aloof = thinking of himself as superior
  • Aloof from all this bustle, I am anointing Thy most immaculate feet With myrrh from a small bowl.
    Boris Pasternak  --  Doctor Zhivago
  • 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
  • Perhaps she'd be hounded someday as far as joining Tristero itself, if it existed, in its twilight, its aloofness, its waiting.
    Thomas Pynchon  --  The Crying of Lot 49
  • (Editor's note:  The suffix "-ness" converts an adjective to a noun that means the quality of. This is the same pattern you see in words like darkness, kindness, and coolness.)
  • Jesus', breathing fast and hard of the dark dead furnace-breath of air, of night where the fierce aloof stars hung.
    William Faulkner  --  Absalom, Absalom!
  • In real life, she didn't look so pale and aloof—well, not most of the time, anyway.
    Rick Riordan  --  The Hidden Oracle
  • I feared she would be distant, aloof.
    Patrick Rothfuss  --  The Name of the Wind
  • Give me thy torch, boy: hence, and stand aloof;— Yet put it out, for I would not be seen.
    William Shakespeare  --  Romeo and Juliet
  • He was, they decided, not like them at all, and the detached and aloof manner in which he watched the snowfall made this palpable and self-evident.
    David Guterson  --  Snow Falling on Cedars
  • A man who can deal his partner and his adversaries any hand he pleases had better stand aloof from a friendly game!
    Agatha Christie  --  Early Cases Of Hercule Poirot
  • Presently, grave and aloof, walking very heavily, the lama joined himself to the chatter under the eaves, and they gave him great room.
    Rudyard Kipling  --  Kim

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