- Aloof; reserved; unsociable and unfriendly.
- 1899 February, Joseph Conrad, “The Heart of Darkness”, in Blackwood’s Edinburgh Magazine, volume CLXV, number M, New York, N.Y.: The Leonard Scott Publishing Company, […], OCLC 1042815524 ↗, part I:
- He was stand–offish with the other agents, and they on their side said he was the manager’s spy upon them.
- 1922, James Joyce, Ulysses, episode 16,
- His initial impression was that he was a bit standoffish or not over effusive.
- 1928, D. H. Lawrence, Lady Chatterley's Lover, ch. 7,
- They were always a haughty family, standoffish in a way, as they've a right to be.