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standoffish adj : lacking cordiality; unfriendly; "a standoffish manner" [syn: offish]

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  1. Aloof; reserved; unsociable and unfriendly.


  • 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.


Related terms


  • "standoffish" in Encarta® World English Dictionary [North American Edition] © & (P)2007 Microsoft Corporation.
  • "standoffish" in Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary © Cambridge University Press 2007.
  • "standoffish" in Compact Oxford English Dictionary, © Oxford University Press, 2007.
  • Oxford English Dictionary, 2nd ed., 1989.
  • Random House Webster's Unabridged Electronic Dictionary, 1987-1996.

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