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

Synonyms & Antonyms for lofty

Synonyms

altitudinous, high, tall, towering

Antonyms

low, low-lying, short, squat

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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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Not that the wardrobe’s origins are particularly lofty.... Hannah Lavine, WSJ, "Combat Clutter the Most Elegant Way: An Armoire’s Timeless Appeal," 29 Mar. 2019 But Athlon's ranking is lofty for a team that finished fourth in its own division. Orion Sang, Detroit Free Press, "Michigan football ranked fifth in Athlon's top 25: Why that's too high," 21 May 2018 Intel officials acknowledged the extreme difficulty of this lofty goal. Gordon Mah Ung, PCWorld, "Intel hopes to clean up toxic speech in game chat with AI and machine learning," 20 Mar. 2019 But for all of the lofty talk and ambitious goals, for all of the triumphs and setbacks, SpaceX has still yet to ever fly a single human being. Christian Davenport, The Seattle Times, "Inside SpaceX, the Willy Wonka-like rocket factory that eventually could send astronauts to space," 14 Aug. 2018 The festival starts at 1 p.m. and lasts until 4 p.m. Tickets - which start at a lofty $50 - get you unlimited food samples, drink tickets and a vote for the People's Choice Best Mac and Cheese. Heather Leighton, Houston Chronicle, "These are the best places for mac and cheese in Houston, according to reviews," 3 Apr. 2018 In practice, presidents have often fallen short of the lofty rhetoric that has long defined America's self-conception. Eli Stokols, latimes.com, "Trump voices admiration and envy of Kim Jong Un, underscoring his respect for autocrats," 15 June 2018 Political polarization is a reality, one that has to be worked with rather than wished away with lofty rhetoric about building consensus. Jeet Heer, The New Republic, "How Democrats Can Over-Promise Like Trump," 11 May 2018 So America's nuclear stockpile—and the airplanes, submarines and missiles that deliver them—will remain on alert despite any good intentions or lofty rhetoric. Joe Pappalardo, Popular Mechanics, "Meet the Airmen Who Watch Over America's Nukes—And Await the Unthinkable," 23 Mar. 2011

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First Known Use of lofty

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

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lofty

adjective

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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