What behavior (or appearance of behavior) would be considered the opposite of standoffish? While not necessary, a single word answer would be very interesting if it is exactly its opposite.

  • I imagine that either "welcoming" or "receptive" might work depending on the context. "Friendly" also, but that feels less warm and therefore less opposite in meaning to me. – Patrick Hughes Feb 11 at 23:43
  • Shouldn't it be schooloffish? Trees come in stands, fish in schools. – tchrist Feb 12 at 0:25
  • Some other possibilities: warm, open. – aparente001 Feb 12 at 0:45
  • @tchrist Standoffish is fine. You might find it right next to the butchersblock or the tableofflowers. Context, context, context. :P – Lawrence Feb 12 at 6:14
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    Hi @Silicabello, jokes aside, would you mind elaborating on what sense you’re after? Antonyms are notorious for taking off in various directions. – Lawrence Feb 12 at 6:15

Gregarious or sociable are two good options which both indicate someone who seeks out the company of others.


Chummy, or familiar, both having a somewhat negative connotation, as does standoffish.

It depends on what you are trying to say, however.

In the Wiktionary, chummy is defined as “on, or trying to be on, intimate terms”. Sometimes chummy behavior is welcome, or at least describes a welcome state of affairs, e.g. among like-minded relatives at a family reunion.

At other times, though, it can be highly annoying, such as when a telemarketer starts off calling you by your first name, attempting to seem like a friend instead of a huckster.

  • I like "approachable" as an antonym to standoffish. "Accessible" might also work. – remarkl Feb 12 at 13:08

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