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standoffish

(stændˈɔfɪʃ)
mod. aloof. Bob is sort of standoffish until he gets to know you.
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Yost said, but the standoffishness ends with an introduction.
With her reputation for standoffishness, she and Sylvanus make an odd pair and when three pregnancies and three dead babies occur, she becomes even more reclusive.
Much of the standoffishness of Nineteenth Century Lutheranism was a belief that Lutheran doctrine was superior to the theology of Anglo-American evangelical Protestantism, id.
While an impenetrable wall has been erected around football's biggest names ( breeding a growing culture of standoffishness and aloof disassociation ( in golf the players could not be more open and it was refreshing to experience for those more used to following the so-called beautiful game.
Schwarzenegger's standoffishness should come as little surprise.
I think his standoffishness may possibly have something to do with the fact that I took him to the vet this week.
Judgmental attitudes, standoffishness and exclusion are other things he balks at--characteristics Dunn calls "the antithesis of what Christianity should be about.
Casual in dress and affable with all ranks, he had none of the standoffishness usually associated with his class.
Russia's standoffishness is problematic not only because it fuels concerns that this party to the Chemical and Biological Weapons Conventions is illegally manufacturing the very types o farms that American tax dollars are intended to neutralize, or because some 200 nuclear and biological caches may not be secure.
But he also had human failings and could at times justifiably be accused of vanity, stubbornness, bad temper and standoffishness.
There was not a hint of the European standoffishness often encountered in the Alps and everyone wants to chat to you on the lifts.
Mareci anticipated some standoffishness from the Force's management, but she was pleasantly surprised.
His defeats were mostly caused by either the partisan divide between him and the Legislature, which peaked during the five special sessions last year, or his own standoffishness, or a combination of both.