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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But Wells has a loftier goal — to transform the property called Bliss Meadows into an educational center that, in part, will teach about the troubled and triumphant agricultural history of African Americans. Washington Post, "At an urban farm in Baltimore, plans for activism, African American history and maybe even a tiny house," 9 Sep. 2019 Franklin, meanwhile, is trying to adjust to his program’s decline from its once lofty position atop the youth basketball world. oregonlive, "Bad blood, betrayal turns L.A. coach into Nike whistleblower," 7 Sep. 2019 Additionally, Rosalia secures a second top 10 in the current chart week: her collaboration with J Balvin and El Guincho, flies 17-8 thanks to lofty 128% increase in downloads sold. Pamela Bustios, Billboard, "Ozuna Notches 13th No. 1 On Latin Airplay Chart With 'Te Soñé De Nuevo'," 5 Sep. 2019 Few passengers will miss the noisy, smelly gas-guzzlers, but the planes and their iconic appearance were reminders of American's lofty status in the airline business during the late 20th century. David Koenig, chicagotribune.com, "As MD-80s fly into sunset, American Airlines faces headwinds," 4 Sep. 2019 Set in a lofty building that mimics the sharp cliffs of a fjord, the museum shares Nordic history, traces emigration, and the culture's influence on Seattle and the Ballard neighborhood. Mary Holland, Condé Nast Traveler, "From Beer Halls to Bakeries, Where to Find Seattle’s Scandinavian Influences," 4 Sep. 2019 The man with that lofty nickname was drafted by the Cowboys in ’64 (one spot ahead of Wichita State lineman Bill Parcells) and played 10 seasons for Dallas. The Si Staff, SI.com, "100 Figures Who Shaped the NFL’s First Century," 28 Aug. 2019 But Wells has a loftier goal — to transform the property called BLISS Meadows into an educational center that, in part, will teach about the troubled and triumphant agricultural history of African Americans. Christine Condon, baltimoresun.com, "At an urban farm in Baltimore, plans for activism, African American history and maybe even tiny houses," 26 Aug. 2019 The ride was more than a little challenging, thanks to the lofty 6,450-foot elevation and the 4,000-foot vertical gain on sometimes steep grades. Brian E. Clark, Los Angeles Times, "A little e-bike cheating makes Oregon Cascades bike tour a gem of a cycling trip," 24 Aug. 2019

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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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