- Reserved and remote; either physically or emotionally distant
- At or from a distance, but within view, or at a small distance; apart; away.
Etymology: From (prefix, a, loof), from D. loef luff, and so meaning, as a nautical word, to the windward. See Loof, Luff.
- Our palace stood aloof from streets. --Dryden.
- 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.
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