standoffish


standoffish
stand|off|ish [ ,stænd`ɔfıʃ ] adjective
a standoffish person behaves in a formal way that is not friendly because they do not want to get involved with other people

Usage of the words and phrases in modern English. 2013.

Look at other dictionaries:

  • standoffish — stand*off ish, stand offish stand off isha. Shy or distant in manner; cold; aloof; reserved; not friendly. Syn: offish. [PJC] {stand*off ish*ness}, n. {stand*off ish*ly}, adv. [PJC] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • standoffish — index unapproachable Burton s Legal Thesaurus. William C. Burton. 2006 …   Law dictionary

  • standoffish — 1826, from STAND (Cf. stand) OFF (Cf. off) + ISH (Cf. ish). Verbal phrase stand off hold aloof is from c.1600. Related: Standoffishly; standoffishness …   Etymology dictionary

  • standoffish — [adj] cold, distant aloof, antisocial, cool, eremitic, haughty, indifferent, misanthropic, reclusive, remote, reserved, solitary, unapproachable, uncompanionable, unsociable, withdrawn; concepts 401,404 Ant. friendly, sociable, warm …   New thesaurus

  • standoffish — [stand΄ôf′ish] adj. reserved and cool; aloof standoffishly adv. standoffishness n …   English World dictionary

  • standoffish — [staend”ofijl mod. aloof. □ Bob is sort of standoffish until he gets to know you. □ Don’t be so standoffish! Join in the fun. □ I am a standoffish guy …   Dictionary of American slang and colloquial expressions

  • standoffish — {adj.} Stiff; aloof; reserved in manner. * /The famous chess player is hard to get to know because he is so standoffish./ …   Dictionary of American idioms

  • standoffish — {adj.} Stiff; aloof; reserved in manner. * /The famous chess player is hard to get to know because he is so standoffish./ …   Dictionary of American idioms

  • standoffish — adjective Aloof; reserved; unsociable and unfriendly. His initial impression was that he was a bit standoffish or not over effusive. Syn: cold, distant See Also: standoffishness …   Wiktionary

  • standoffish — adj Stiff; aloof; reserved in manner. The famous chess player is hard to get to know because he is so standoffish …   Словарь американских идиом


We are using cookies for the best presentation of our site. Continuing to use this site, you agree with this.