Meaning of stand-offish in English:



  • Distant and cold in manner; unfriendly.

    ‘he was an arrogant, stand-offish prig’
    • ‘She never won widespread popular approval with her stand-offish manner.’
    • ‘He hadn't been cruel or physically abusive, merely distant and stand-offish.’
    • ‘Although her publicity shots present her as a sultry, moody, sleepy-eyed blonde with a slightly sneering, stand-offish expression, Herbert couldn't be more down-to-earth, likeable and friendly.’
    • ‘I found the lady a little stand-offish and decided that the job wasn't for me after all (I'd suspected this before I actually had the interview, anyway).’
    • ‘He has a reputation for being wooden and stand-offish, but I think he comes across as both personable and thoughtful in his ads.’
    • ‘Even the most stand-offish of neighbours had no choice but to bump into each other on the stairs.’
    • ‘He certainly could be responsive and very, very smart, but there was always that stand-offish quality.’
    • ‘Even the fiercest Rottwieler or the stand-offish German Shepherd becomes as timid as a doe when Murugan takes them by the leash.’
    • ‘My son's daycare teacher has a stand-offish attitude to me now.’
    • ‘His last speech was a good one, it summed up everything he's been working for, but it was a bit stand-offish.’
    • ‘You've heard that some of the girls at school think you're snobby and stand-offish.’
    • ‘Although initially stand-offish, Sistani ordered his people to co-operate with the Americans.’
    • ‘She writes in the same light, charming, though slightly stand-offish style.’
    • ‘Some politicians can be very stand-offish but Mr Blair was very nice and pleasant.’
    • ‘He's usually stand-offish but seems he and the Captain are talking more as of late so I think that gives us a full house.’
    • ‘An odd thing for anybody to do, but for an Australian particularly in a side like that, in a touring side, it was regarded as being pretty stand-offish, they didn't like it.’
    • ‘Everyone nodded, except the girls who remained stand-offish.’
    • ‘Where most of the marines had been somewhat stand-offish or had just ignored him, John was now being greeted by every marine that passed him.’
    • ‘Some people are receptive, but others are understandably stand-offish.’
    • ‘Since then, she's been reclusive, stand-offish, and another synonym for those two words.’
    aloof, distant, remote, detached, impersonal, withdrawn, reserved, uncommunicative, unforthcoming, unapproachable, unfriendly, unsociable, cool, chilly, cold, haughty, disdainful, uninvolved, unresponsive, indifferent, unconcerned, preoccupied, abstracted
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