- adj. 冷淡的；远离的；冷漠的
- adv. 远离；避开地
TEM4 GRE TOEFL
来自航海术语。前缀a-同ad-. loof, 风向标。指迎船头向风以避开礁石，后指偏离，疏远。
- aloof:  Aloof was originally a nautical term, a command to steer to windward. Its second syllable is a variant of luff ‘sail closer to the wind’ . This was borrowed from Old French lof, ‘windward side of a ship’, which may itself have been, like so many maritime expressions, of Dutch origin. The modern figurative meaning ‘reserved, uninvolved’ developed via an intermediate physical sense ‘away, at a distance’.
- aloof (adj.)
- 1530s, from a- (1) + Middle English loof "weather gage," also "windward direction," probably from Dutch loef (Middle Dutch lof) "the weather side of a ship." Originally a nautical order to keep the ship's head to the wind, thus to stay clear of a lee-shore or some other quarter; hence the figurative sense of "at a distance, apart" (1580s). Related: Aloofly; aloofness.
- 1. Barry had his nose put out of joint by Lucy's aloof sophistication.
- 2. I will hold myself aloof from wrong and corruption.
- 3. He seemed aloof and detached.
- 4. She stood tall and aloof.
- 5. He has remained largely aloof from the hurly - burly of parliamentary politics.
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