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toplofty

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adjective top·lofty \ˈtäp-ˌlȯf-tē\

Definition of toplofty

  1. :  very superior in air or attitude

toploftily play \täp-ˈlȯf-tə-lē\ adverb
toploftiness play \ˈtäp-ˌlȯf-tē-nəs\ noun


Examples of toplofty in a sentence

  1. <those toplofty history professors who sneeringly use the term popularizer to describe any historian whose works are read with pleasure>



Did You Know?

How many words do we need to describe those who seem to think they're better than the rest of us? By the 19th century we already had arrogant, haughty, and supercilious, but there was apparently need for more because by mid-century the language had garnered two others: toplofty and its variant toploftical. The source of these is likely the phrase top loft, which refers to the highest story of a building. Neither is common, but both are available to you should their synonyms prove too boring or obvious.

Variants of toplofty

also toploftical play \täp-ˈlȯf-ti-kəl\

Origin of toplofty

probably from the phrase top loft


First Known Use: 1823


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