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lofty

adjective \ˈlf-tē\

: rising to a great height : very tall and impressive

: very high and good : deserving to be admired

: showing the insulting attitude of people who think that they are better, smarter, or more important than other people

loft·i·erloft·i·est

Full Definition of LOFTY

1
a :  elevated in character and spirit :  noble <lofty ideals>
b :  elevated in status :  superior
2
:  having a haughty overbearing manner :  supercilious
3
a :  rising to a great height :  impressively high <lofty mountains>
b :  remote, esoteric
4
:  having full-bodied, firm, and resilient textile fibers <lofty flannel>
loft·i·ly \-tə-lē\ adverb
loft·i·ness \-tē-nəs\ noun

Examples of LOFTY

  1. He set lofty goals for himself as a teacher.
  2. She showed a lofty disregard for their objections.

First Known Use of LOFTY

15th century

Synonym Discussion of LOFTY

high, tall, lofty mean above the average in height. high implies marked extension upward and is applied chiefly to things which rise from a base or foundation or are placed at a conspicuous height above a lower level <a high hill> <a high ceiling>. tall applies to what grows or rises high by comparison with others of its kind and usually implies relative narrowness <a tall thin man>. lofty suggests great or imposing altitude <lofty mountain peaks>.

Rhymes with LOFTY

LOFTIEST Defined for Kids

lofty

adjective \ˈlf-tē\
loft·i·erloft·i·est

Definition of LOFTY for Kids

1
:  rising to a great height <lofty trees>
2
:  of high rank or admirable quality <lofty lineage> <He set lofty goals.>
3
:  showing a proud and superior attitude <Yet I knew him otherwise: a lofty lord without kindness … — Avi, Crispin>
loft·i·ly \-tə-lē\ adverb
loft·i·ness \-tē-nəs\ noun

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