Definition of lofty
2 : having a haughty overbearing manner : supercilious She showed a lofty disregard for their objections.
4 : having full-bodied, firm, and resilient textile fibers lofty flannel
loftilyplay \ˈlȯf-tə-lē\ adverb
loftinessplay \ˈlȯf-tē-nəs\ noun
Examples of lofty in a Sentence
He set lofty goals for himself as a teacher.
She showed a lofty disregard for their objections.
Recent Examples of lofty from the Web
Having the last name of Brohm, living Louisville and playing quarterback brought lofty expectations.
Lofty expectations for earnings growth at American companies raise the risk of disappointment, said Vadim Zlotnikov, chief market strategist and co-head of multi-asset solutions at AllianceBernstein.
For all the lofty rhetoric from the blast-wall encased U.S. embassy, Washington, in truth, did not seem terribly interested in upholding the rule of law.
A summer weekend uniform that doesn’t look lazy is a lofty goal.
Verizon’s chief rival, AT&T, has its own lofty ambitions.
With that in mind, craft cocktails tend to fetch a lofty price due to the high-quality ingredients that go into the drinks — versus run-of-the-mill cocktails that use lower-grade liquors out of the well.
The program didn’t quite play to the lofty standards established under coach Ehren Earleywine, but Sterk said there’s reason for optimism around the program.
The Huskies (37-1) extended their winning streak to 63 straight over in-state opponents, became the first 4A softball team in state history to repeat as champions and should at the very least maintain their lofty No.
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First Known Use of lofty
Synonym Discussion of lofty
LOFTY Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of lofty for English Language Learners
: 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
LOFTY Defined for Kids
Definition of lofty for Students
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
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