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 Dictionary entry overview: What does aloofness mean? 

  The noun ALOOFNESS has 2 senses:

1. indifference by personal withdrawal
2. a disposition to be distant and unsympathetic in manner

  Familiarity information: ALOOFNESS used as a noun is rare.

 Dictionary entry details 


Sense 1aloofness [BACK TO TOP]


Indifference by personal withdrawal

Classified under:

Nouns denoting feelings and emotions


aloofness; distance

Context example:

emotional distance

Hypernyms ("aloofness" is a kind of...):

indifference (unbiased impartial unconcern)

Sense 2aloofness [BACK TO TOP]


A disposition to be distant and unsympathetic in manner

Classified under:

Nouns denoting attributes of people and objects


standoffishness; withdrawnness; aloofness; remoteness

Hypernyms ("aloofness" is a kind of...):

unsociability; unsociableness (an unsociable disposition; avoiding friendship or companionship)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "aloofness"):

unapproachability (a disposition to be unapproachable; unfriendly and inaccessible)

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