Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • adjective Emotionally reserved or indifferent.
  • adjective Distant or uninvolved.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • At a distance, but within view; intentionally remaining apart, literally or figuratively; withdrawn.
  • At or to a distance from; away or apart from.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • preposition obsolete Away from; clear from.
  • adverb At or from a distance, but within view, or at a small distance; apart; away.
  • adverb Without sympathy; unfavorably.
  • noun (Zoöl.) Same as alewife.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • adverb At or from a distance, but within view, or at a small distance; apart; away.
  • adverb Without sympathy; unfavorably.
  • adjective Reserved and remote; either physically or emotionally distant
  • preposition obsolete away from; clear of

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adverb in an aloof manner
  • adjective remote in manner

Etymologies

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

[a– + luff, windward part of a ship (obsolete).]

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From a- + Middle English loof (="weather gage," also "windward direction"), probably from Dutch loef (="the weather side of a ship"); originally a nautical order to keep the ship's head to the wind, thus to stay clear of a lee-shore or some other quarter, hence the figurative sense of "at a distance, apart"

Examples

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  • Sometimes you need to be aloof. Even if it's the last thing you want to do.

    September 3, 2008

  • She just wants to be accepted in this place

    But there's something in her face

    She will always seem exotic and aloof

    If you want to know the truth

    Her friend the stars dripping from the jewelled sky

    When she was passing by

    Would keep her calm

    There was people that she knew, at least she thought she did

    Be easy on the kid!

    (For the price of a cup of tea, by Belle and Sebastian)

    November 20, 2009

  • People that feel superior than the others

    September 20, 2010

  • From the book The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins.pg.116

    "Are you going to be charming? aloof? fierce?"

    November 29, 2010