lofty

adjective \ ˈlȯf-tē \
Updated on: 15 Nov 2017

Definition of lofty

loftier; loftiest
1 a :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.
3 a :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

loftily

play \ˈlȯf-tə-lē\ adverb

loftiness

play \ˈlȯf-tē-nəs\ noun

Examples of lofty in a Sentence

  1. He set lofty goals for himself as a teacher.

  2. She showed a lofty disregard for their objections.

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First Known Use of lofty

15th century

Synonym Discussion of lofty

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

LOFTY Defined for English Language Learners

lofty

adjective

Definition of lofty for English Language Learners

  • : 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 Defined for Kids

lofty

adjective \ ˈlȯf-tē \

Definition of lofty for Students

loftier; loftiest
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

loftily

\-tə-lē\ adverb

loftiness

\-tē-nəs\ noun


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