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Meaning of ALOOF

Pronunciation:  u'loof

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [adv]  in an aloof manner; "the local gentry and professional classes had held aloof for the school had accepted their sons readily enough"
  2. [adj]  remote in manner; "stood apart with aloof dignity"; "a distant smile"

ALOOF is a 5 letter word that starts with A.


 Synonyms: distant, reserved



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
  1. \A*loof"\, n. (Zo["o]l.)
    Same as {Alewife}.
  2. \A*loof"\, adv. [Pref. a- + loof, fr. D. loef luff, and so
    meaning, as a nautical word, to the windward. See {Loof},
    1. At or from a distance, but within view, or at a small
       distance; apart; away.
             Our palace stood aloof from streets.  --Dryden.
    2. Without sympathy; unfavorably.
             To make the Bible as from the hand of God, and then
             to look at it aloof and with caution, is the worst
             of all impieties.                     --I. Taylor.
  3. \A*loof"\, prep.
    Away from; clear from. [Obs.]
          Rivetus . . . would fain work himself aloof these rocks
          and quicksands.                          --Milton.
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