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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What set him apart was his supreme technical prowess and scarcely-believable consistency, as his lofty standards rarely dropped right e way up until his retirement in 2014. SI.com, "50 Greatest South American Footballers of All Time," 4 July 2019 Things haven’t gone so well over the past two years — not by his lofty 2015-17 standards, anyway. Mike Anthony, courant.com, "Mike Anthony: Spieth’s body language, and his snowman, tell the story of his miserable day at the Travelers Championship," 21 June 2019 This had been, by his lofty standards, a rough season, from the most lopsided Grand Slam final loss of his career — against Djokovic at the Australian Open — to entering May without a title for the first year since 2004. Howard Fendrich, Twin Cities, "Dirty dozen: Rafael Nadal wins 12th French Open for 18th Slam title," 9 June 2019 In terms of technical skill, a lofty standard is epitomized by David Zuccarini, whose paintings and works on paper look for their subject matter and style to Old Master artists from centuries ago. Mike Giuliano, baltimoresun.com, "Resident artists in spotlight at Howard County Arts Council show," 6 June 2019 Only one person interviewed for this story said the reforms had delivered the lofty standard Jindal promised: Jindal’s former executive counsel, who helped shepherd their passage. Andrea Gallo, ProPublica, "Why the “Most Egregious” Ethics Case in Louisiana Remains Open Nine Years Later," 16 May 2019 Photo: Dave Reginek/Getty Images; Ricky Fitchett/Zuma Press More recently, however, both programs have under-achieved by their own lofty historical standards. Rachel Bachman, WSJ, "The Return of the College Football Matchup Fans Love to Hate," 30 Aug. 2018 Those three home runs erased a 1-0 Los Angeles lead from a first-inning double by Mike Trout, who enjoyed a notable night at the plate even by his lofty standards. Wallace Matthews, New York Times, "Poor Pitching Does Yankees In Against Angels," 27 May 2018 Even with the lofty standard set, Vilkoski’s performance merits the comparison. Curt Hogg, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Why this could finally be the year for Greenfield softball, still perfect at 17-0," 8 May 2018

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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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