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Definition of aloof adjective from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



    [not usually before noun]
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  1. 1not friendly or interested in other people synonym distant, remote
  2. 2 He was a cold man, aloof and distant. She stayed aloof while the argument went on around her.
  3. Idioms
    keep/hold (yourself) aloof, remain/stand aloof
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    to not become involved in something; to show no interest in people The Emperor kept himself aloof from the people.
aloofness noun [uncountable]
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Her cool aloofness was seen as arrogance by some people.
See the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary entry: aloof