aloof ADJECTIVE cool and distant.
DERIVATIVES aloofly adverb aloofness noun.
ORIGIN from LUFF(Cf. ↑luff); originally in nautical use meaning «away and to windward!», i.e. with the ship kept away from a lee shore or other hazard.

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