Definition of standoffish in English:

standoffish

adjective

informal
  • Distant and cold in manner; unfriendly.

    ‘he was an arrogant, standoffish 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    aloof, distant, remote, detached, impersonal, withdrawn, reserved, uncommunicative, unforthcoming, unapproachable, unfriendly, unsociable, cool, chilly, cold, haughty, disdainful, uninvolved, unresponsive,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

Pronunciation

standoffish

/ˌstandˈôfiSH/ /ˌstændˈɔfɪʃ/