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

Other Words from lofty

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

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 Only then might the United States meet Haaland’s lofty goal of respecting Indigenous sovereignty. Nick Martin, The New Republic, 1 Nov. 2021 City leaders set a lofty goal to rehouse each of Austin's 3,000 homeless citizens in three years – but how to pay for the $515 million undertaking remained a question. Joey Garrison, USA TODAY, 21 Oct. 2021 To apply this strategy, first define the major milestone or lofty goal of your project. Punit Dhillon, Rolling Stone, 1 Oct. 2021 For the spring, coach John Monz gave her a lofty goal: break 5 minutes in the track mile. BostonGlobe.com, 17 Sep. 2021 Some Americans had lofty plans for post-vaccine life. Maggie Mertens, The Atlantic, 16 Aug. 2021 The lofty plans have some skeptics raising their eyebrows at SafeMoon, especially as the price rises. Danielle Abril, Fortune, 17 May 2021 Core had lofty plans for the former Kaufmann/Macy’s building. Michael Lisicky, Forbes, 16 Apr. 2021 But something is missing from these lofty corporate goals: any accounting of significant emissions from their supply chains or waste from their products. New York Times, 2 Nov. 2021

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First Known Use of lofty

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

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“Lofty.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/lofty. Accessed 30 Nov. 2021.

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lofty

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of lofty

: 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: The Cross of Lead

Other Words from lofty

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

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