at a distance, especially in feeling or interest; apart:
They always stood aloof from their classmates.
reserved or reticent; indifferent; disinterested:
Because of his shyness, he had the reputation of being aloof.
aloofly though the Deanite lives, he is not altogether an unsocial being.
Lippincott’s Magazine, December, 1885 Various
Aubrey inquired, aloofly interested in the plot details of the narrative.
Gargoyles Ben Hecht
He greeted them aloofly, and a little negro boy proffered tiny cups of China tea.
The Yellow Claw Sax Rohmer
Once in such a group she recognized the girl who had eyed her aloofly on the train coming home from boarding school.
Why Joan? Eleanor Mercein Kelly
They were still comically stiff-legged and bristly as they aloofly sniffed noses.
Michael, Brother of Jerry Jack London
All her life she had gone about calmly and aloofly, her head in the clouds, her feet on mountain-tops.
Parrot & Co. Harold MacGrath
distant, unsympathetic, or supercilious in manner, attitude, or feeling
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.
a daughter of Cercyon who was raped by Poseidon and bore a son, Hippothous. Historical Examples He also defeated at Alope the Locrians that had assembled to resist him. The History of the Peloponnesian War Thucydides On the whole also they favour the view that ‘Alope’ is the Phthiotic Alope. The Heroic Age H. Munro […]
loss of hair; baldness. Contemporary Examples Researchers have found that a drug approved for rheumatoid arthritis helped a patient suffering from alopecia halt his hair loss. Can This Arthritis Drug Cure Baldness? Erin Cunningham June 19, 2014 Historical Examples In front of the mart at the distance of 100 stadia is an island alopecia, a […]
- Alopecia areata
loss of hair in circumscribed patches. Historical Examples alopecia areata, on the other hand, affects both sexes with equal frequency, but affects them at different ages. The Sexual Life of the Child Albert Moll alopecia areata and morphœa have been observed associated with it. Essentials of Diseases of the Skin Henry Weightman Stelwagon alopecia areata […]
- Alopecia capitis totalis
alopecia capitis totalis alopecia capitis totalis alopecia cap·i·tis to·ta·lis (cāp’ĭ-tĭs tō-tā’lĭs) n. Progressive loss of scalp hair.