Aloofly



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.
Historical Examples

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

adjective
distant, unsympathetic, or supercilious in manner, attitude, or feeling
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.

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