Aloof - (Webster's 1828 Dictionary)
ALOOF, adv. [Probably from the root of leave, to depart.]
1. At a distance, but within view, or at a small distance, in a literal sense; as, to stand aloof.
2. In a figurative sense, not concerned in a design; declining to take any share, implying circumspection; keeping at a distance from the point, or matter in debate.