standoffish

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stand off +‎ -ish

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standoffish (comparative more standoffish, superlative most standoffish)

  1. Aloof; reserved; unsociable and unfriendly.
    • 1899 February, Joseph Conrad, “The Heart of Darkness”, in Blackwood’s Edinburgh Magazine, volume CLXV, number M, New York, N.Y.: The Leonard Scott Publishing Company, [], OCLC 1042815524, part I:
      He was stand–offish with the other agents, and they on their side said he was the manager’s spy upon them.
    • 1922, James Joyce, Ulysses, episode 16,
      His initial impression was that he was a bit standoffish or not over effusive.
    • 1928, D. H. Lawrence, Lady Chatterley's Lover, ch. 7,
      They were always a haughty family, standoffish in a way, as they've a right to be.

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