\ 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

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He set lofty goals for himself as a teacher. She showed a lofty disregard for their objections.
Recent Examples on the Web Jones’ essay showcases the volatile nature of college football recruiting and the uncertainty that swirls around prospects, even those who make an early commitment and have a lofty star rating. Josh Bean |, al, "Inside longtime Bama commit Jayson Jones’ 11-hour flip to Oregon," 7 Feb. 2020 Now, the Fall/Winter 2020 runway season is just beginning, and the hairstylists and makeup artists working behind the scenes clearly have a lofty bar to meet across dozens of high-profile shows. Nicola Dall'asen, Allure, "The Best Hair and Makeup Looks From New York Fashion Week," 6 Feb. 2020 But while the speech sought a lofty tone, Mr. Trump is unlikely to keep it that way. Lindsay Wise, WSJ, "Top Takeaways From Trump’s State of the Union," 5 Feb. 2020 Thus, record of the year Grammy coronations have most often followed lofty Hot 100 success, with those stretches in the early '60s and '00s representing aberrations. Paul Grein, Billboard, "From Bruno Mars to Billie Eilish, Why Record of the Year Grammy Winners Are Back to Being Big Hot 100 Hits," 4 Feb. 2020 The bank met his lofty profitability targets on schedule, in part by increasingly using its own money — as opposed to customers’ — to shoot for the moon with speculative market bets, a strategy known as proprietary trading. New York Times, "The Money Behind Trump’s Money," 4 Feb. 2020 Competitors slashed prices and cut costs, laying off thousands of workers while struggling to keep pace with WorldCom’s lofty profits. Harrison Smith,, "Bernard Ebbers, 78; WorldCom CEO convicted in historic fraud scandal," 3 Feb. 2020 Patagonia stuffed this jacket with a synthetic insulation that mimics down’s shape and function but stays lofty and dries quickly. Kelly Bastone, Outside Online, "8 Puffies That Will Keep You Warm All Winter," 2 Feb. 2020 Despite those lofty promises, the press release didn't say how many of the stadium's 65,000 seats will have 5G access. Jon Brodkin, Ars Technica, "Verizon brings 5G to the Super Bowl—for part of the stadium, anyway," 27 Jan. 2020

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First Known Use of lofty

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

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13 Feb 2020

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“Lofty.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 17 Feb. 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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