\ 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 loftily (audio) \ adverb
loftiness \ ˈlȯf-​tē-​nəs How to pronounce loftiness (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 By its lofty standards under longtime coach Kelly King, Milpitas had a below-average regular season at 4-6, winning three straight, but barely qualifying for the playoffs. Mitch Stephens,, "The stories behind The Chronicle’s 2019 All-Metro football selections," 12 Jan. 2020 The Fred Rogers Center at nearby Saint Vincent College is a $14-million, 36,000-square-foot, state-of-the-art hall dedicated to preserving the namesake’s lofty standards for teaching and nurturing children. Chris Rodell, USA TODAY, "Mr. Rogers' real neighborhood: Latrobe, Pennsylvania, the town that forged Fred Rogers," 21 Nov. 2019 The same thing happened over the skies of parts of the Denver metro area on Sunday night, creating a spectacular sunset display, even by Colorado’s lofty standards. Chris Bianchi, The Denver Post, "Here’s what caused those rare wave clouds over Denver on Sunday night," 17 Nov. 2019 The offense remains by the Patriots lofty standards — the key phrase in this entire discussion — a work in progress., "Good thing they were playing Washington or quarterback Tom Brady’s agita over the offense wouldn’t have been partially placated by 33 unanswered Patriots points and a second half that saw the Patriots reach the end zone on three of the four possessions he helmed.," 7 Oct. 2019 Ravens 24, Browns 21: Cleveland’s offense has been uninspiring, but so has the Ravens defense — at least compared with its lofty standards. Baltimore Sun Staff,, "Ravens vs. Browns staff picks: Who will win Sunday’s game in Baltimore?," 25 Sep. 2019 The clubs played out a thrilling 2-2 draw at Wanda Metropolitano on matchday one and seem to be among the best equipped to gar far as weaker Real Madrid and Barcelona sides struggle to live up to their previous lofty standards., "5 Way Too Early Predictions About the 2019/20 Champions League After Matchday 1," 19 Sep. 2019 By Cole's lofty standards, his seven strikeouts were pedestrian. Chandler Rome, Houston Chronicle, "Carlos Correa's grand slam sparks Astros past Cardinals," 27 July 2019 This seems like a remarkable and laudable achievement, especially considering the fact that the Spurs produced on-court results that were mediocre by their lofty standards this season. Mike Finger,, "With Spurs, as always, mum’s the word," 16 July 2019

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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 1 Jun. 2020.

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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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