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stand off +‎ -ish


standoffish (comparative more standoffish, superlative most standoffish)

  1. Aloof; reserved; unsociable and unfriendly.
    • 1899, Joseph Conrad, Heart of Darkness, section 1
      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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  • standoffish” in Unabridged,, LLC, 1995–present.
  • standoffish” in Microsoft's Encarta World English Dictionary, North American Edition (2007)
  • "standoffish" in Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary (Cambridge University Press, 2007)
  • standoffish” in the Compact Oxford English Dictionary (Oxford University Press, 2007)
  • Oxford English Dictionary, second edition (1989)
  • Random House Webster's Unabridged Electronic Dictionary, 1987–1996.