\ ˈlȯf-tē How to pronounce lofty (audio) \
loftier; loftiest

Definition of lofty

1a : elevated in character and spirit : noble lofty ideals
b : elevated in status : superior the less lofty customers of the bar
2 : having a haughty overbearing manner : supercilious She showed a lofty disregard for their objections.
3a : rising to a great height : impressively high lofty mountains
b : remote, esoteric basic precepts are not lofty abstractions far removed from matters of daily living— D. D. Eisenhower
4 : having full-bodied, firm, and resilient textile fibers lofty flannel

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loftily \ ˈlȯf-​tə-​lē How to pronounce loftily (audio) \ adverb
loftiness \ ˈlȯf-​tē-​nəs How to pronounce loftiness (audio) \ noun

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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

Examples of lofty in a Sentence

He set lofty goals for himself as a teacher. She showed a lofty disregard for their objections.
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First Known Use of lofty

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

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20 Nov 2019

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“Lofty.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 21 November 2019.

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English Language Learners Definition of lofty

literary : 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


\ ˈlȯf-tē How to pronounce lofty (audio) \
loftier; loftiest

Kids Definition of lofty

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

Other Words from lofty

loftily \ -​tə-​lē \ adverb
loftiness \ -​tē-​nəs \ noun

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