\ 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 lofty (audio) \ adverb
loftiness \ ˈlȯf-​tē-​nəs How to pronounce lofty (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

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He set lofty goals for himself as a teacher. She showed a lofty disregard for their objections.
Recent Examples on the Web But Jefferson, who set a Super Bowl-era record with 1,400 receiving yards as a rookie, is hoping to exceed lofty expectations once again in 2021. Andrew Krammer, Star Tribune, "After record-setting rookie year, Vikings' Justin Jefferson bent on learning, improving," 11 May 2021 As venture capitalist Bill Janeway argues, lofty expectations only ever become reality through some form of bubble that fuels the next technological revolution. Jon Sindreu, WSJ, "Space Mania and SPAC-Mania Go Hand in Hand," 11 May 2021 Cunningham lived up to the lofty expectations that come with being the country’s top recruit out of high school the previous year. Matt Goul, cleveland, "Cade Cunningham or Evan Mobley? NBA Mock Draft 2021 begins with that decision," 10 May 2021 No player saw his stock rise more rapidly during the pre-draft evaluation window, and now the BYU quarterback will try to meet lofty expectations of a long-suffering Jets franchise. Mike Jones, USA TODAY, "Patriots, Steelers selections among the NFL draft's 10 most intriguing first-round picks," 30 Apr. 2021 The lofty valuations of technology stocks have also made for easy comparisons with the dot-com boom and bust two decades ago. Michael Wursthorn, WSJ, "Wild Market Ride Lifts Everything From Lumber to Stocks to Bitcoin," 25 Apr. 2021 But despite the lofty promises, the Armata project was mired in financial and technological difficulties that slowed development to a crawl. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, "Russia May Have a Secret Main Battle Tank," 5 Apr. 2021 And no matter how popular the Fuel were with their fan base, or which big names resided on the roster, Dallas never met its lofty expectations. Sean Collins, Dallas News, "‘RUSH’ is tasked with monumental challenge of turning around the Dallas Fuel, and he wouldn’t have it any other way," 15 Apr. 2021 On that front, Kapler was thrilled to hear Posey’s lofty expectations. John Shea, San Francisco Chronicle, "Buster Posey's goal on eve of Giants' opener: 'competing to win the division'," 31 Mar. 2021

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First Known Use of lofty

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

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“Lofty.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 17 May. 2021.

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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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