lofty

adjective
\ 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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Other Words from lofty

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.
Recent Examples on the Web Still, brewers should be commended for their lofty goals. John Kell, Fortune, "Beermakers Are Experimenting With New—and Sustainable—Six-Pack Designs," 2 Sep. 2019 Hayley Kiyoko has earned a lofty nickname from her fans. Aidin Vaziri, San Francisco Chronicle, "Hayley Kiyoko is the queer pop star the world needs now," 18 Apr. 2018 By Dave McIntyre When the classic wines of the world start getting too expensive, enterprising winemakers search for vineyard land where reputations, and therefore real estate prices, are not so lofty. Dave Mcintyre, Washington Post, "This aromatic French chardonnay from Burgundy tastes like a steal at $14," 9 Aug. 2019 In 2015, Xi announced the 10,000 Villages Project, a lofty plan to take digital television to impoverished parts of Africa, such as the village where Nganga lives. CNN, "How China is slowly expanding its power in Africa, one TV set at a time," 23 July 2019 The lofty plan lays out the framework for the federal government to make vast reductions in greenhouse gas emissions while creating good jobs and a cleaner environment. Aamer Madhani, USA TODAY, "2020 Debates: What the candidates will talk about on the national stage," 25 June 2019 Cornell isn't the first university to attempt to defray the lofty cost of medical school. Danielle Garrand, CBS News, "Cornell's medical school debuts free education for students who qualify for financial aid," 16 Sep. 2019 The novelist has a less lofty height from which to fall. Christine Smallwood, Harper's magazine, "Novel, Essay, Poem," 16 Sep. 2019 The Democratic race has turned into a contest between incrementalism and structural change, between the inside game and the change-the-game insurgents, between presumed electability and a loftier aspirational vision. NBC News, "Meet the Press - September 15, 2019," 15 Sep. 2019

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First Known Use of lofty

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

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lofty

adjective
How to pronounce lofty (audio)

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

lofty

adjective
\ 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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