\ˈlȯf-tē \
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 \ adverb
loftiness \ˈlȯf-tē-nəs \ 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.

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Kanye's lofty ambitions have always been fueled by his desire to be mentioned alongside his childhood heroes. Carl Lamarre, Billboard, "Kanye West Receives Autographed Dennis Rodman Jersey, Calls Him 'One of His Biggest Inspirations'," 10 July 2018 That’s a lofty ambition, considering BranTrell hauled in 65 catches for 1,307 yards and 17 touchdowns as a senior to spark Reavis to the Class 7A playoffs. Pat Disabato, Daily Southtown, "Say no more: Senior two-way star Tyrell Seymore wants to get Reavis back into the football playoffs," 3 July 2018 But the explosive narrative fragmented into more twisting subplots with each episode, and the lofty, technology-versus-humanity dialogue made circumnavigating the mazes a laborious task. Lorraine Ali,, "After that wild 'Westworld' finale, the robots aren't the only ones disoriented," 26 June 2018 The company, which has yet to be named, is being launched with lofty ambitions: to find innovative ways to improve health care for employees of the three companies. Justin Chen, STAT, "How can Atul Gawande help reinvent health care with his new company? These people have some ideas," 21 June 2018 But six years in, NuSI is nowhere near achieving its lofty ambitions. Megan Molteni, WIRED, "The Collapse of a $40 Million Nutrition Science Crusade," 18 June 2018 Expectations for Gary have always been lofty, if not impossible to meet. Nick Baumgardner, Detroit Free Press, "Michigan football's Rashan Gary not focused on NFL, only championships," 14 June 2018 Zunum's lofty ambition is to rewrite aviation history. CBS News, "Electric airplanes could be just over the horizon," 9 June 2018 At a gathering of industry experts, aviation regulators and potential partners this week in Los Angeles, Uber painted a vision for its lofty ambition of creating a commercial network of flying cars. Johana Bhuiyan, Recode, "Uber wants to sell a flying car service in five years — but we don’t know if the tech (or the law) will happen by then," 11 May 2018

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First Known Use of lofty

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

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English Language Learners Definition of lofty

: 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 \
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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