standoffishness

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n standoffishness a disposition to be distant and unsympathetic in manner
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Usage

In literature:

A standoffish, disagreeable lot at that.
"Herland" by Charlotte Perkins Stetson Gilman
Nothing standoffish about him,' and he tells me something he shouldn't.
"The Spy" by Richard Harding Davis
They were standoffish and ugly.
"Mr. Jack Hamlin's Mediation and Other Stories" by Bret Harte
His initial impression was he was a shade standoffish or not over effusive but it grew on him someway.
"Ulysses" by James Joyce
Not that she was still what he would have called "standoffish" with him.
"Winnie Childs" by C. N. Williamson
And she was cold and terribly standoffish when she did come.
"The Torch and Other Tales" by Eden Phillpotts
Nothing standoffish about him,' and he tells me something he shouldn't.
"Once Upon A Time" by Richard Harding Davis
Nothin' standoffish about her, either.
"Shorty McCabe on the Job" by Sewell Ford
Seems kind-a standoffish, though, don't she?
"The Trail of '98" by Robert W. Service
The meal ended, she rose and swept him a curtsey, neither over-friendly nor standoffish.
"Two Sides of the Face" by Arthur Thomas Quiller-Couch
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In news:

Kate Gosselin Is "Standoffish," DWTS' Mark Ballas Says.
Kate Gosselin Is " Standoffish ," DWTS' Mark Ballas Says.
David Letterman is "Very Standoffish ".
The booklet credits the producers but not the players, which is in line with Pavement 's cultivated air of obscurity—a standoffishness (and stepoffishness) entwined with its sense of itself as on one level a practical joke.
Most sheep can be a little standoffish, but not this roly-poly one made from a pompom.
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