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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The other two goals are more lofty, but not impossible. Gregg Doyel, Indianapolis Star, "Doyel: Hit hard and carry a big chip — Colts LB Darius Leonard will never be satisfied," 11 June 2019 This lofty goal may explain what seems to be a shift in Amazon strategy. Ephrat Livni, Quartz, "As Jeff Bezos ponders space travel, Amazon executives move out of the shadows," 9 June 2019 That’s a lofty goal for any piece of art, but there is something truly special about The Prom that makes the notion of changing someone’s mind seem less far-fetched than usual. Cady Drell, Marie Claire, "Broadway's Joyful Musical ‘The Prom’ Is Necessary Right Now," 4 June 2019 Hikers set former mountain strongholds, such as Château de Puilaurens in France, as their lofty goal while pilgrims request a night’s stay inside cloisters of Greece’s Mount Athos to learn from monks the art of disconnection. National Geographic, "Discover 22 of Europe’s most sacred sites," 10 May 2019 Even high-end hotels with lofty daily rates above $800 a night are tagging guests with destination fees. Scott Mccartney, WSJ, "The Hotel Fees That Barely Even Make Sense," 9 Jan. 2019 The Clippers play at the sixth-fastest pace (101.1 possessions per game) in the league, leaving Harden and his lofty usage rate with the potential to provide a monster stat line in this game. Mike Barner, SI.com, "NBA DFS Picks for February 28," 28 Feb. 2018 The bill privileges immigrants who have lofty education and professional credentials and proficiency in English, and requires them to take a civics exam. Lynn Yaeger, Vogue, "The Week in Washington: “Madame Speaker, Did You Bring Your Handcuffs?”," 19 May 2019 Ford quotes some pretty lofty fuel savings estimates for the 2020 Police Interceptor Utility hybrid. Andrew Wendler, Car and Driver, "2020 Ford Police Interceptor Utility Hybrid AWD Saves Fuel, Hauls Ass," 17 May 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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