\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

Synonyms & Antonyms for lofty


altitudinous, high, tall, towering


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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For more speculative companies, whose valuation is based on a belief that profits will grow rapidly for years, bullish analysts need to have a high long-term estimate to justify their lofty price targets. Justin Lahart, WSJ, "The Danger of Too Much Optimism," 30 Nov. 2018 Worldwide, though, Microsoft hasn’t reached such lofty heights, trailing behind Lenovo, HP, Dell, Apple, Acer, and Asus, respectively. Mark Hachman, PCWorld, "Microsoft cracks the top 5 U.S. PC vendors, but Intel CPU shortages could bring more change," 11 Oct. 2018 While in Memphis, Laurel reunites with old flame Clay (Wes Brown), alocal music promoter with loftier aspirations. Christopher Rosa, Glamour, "10 Things Happening in Music, TV, and Movies This Week You Need to Know About," 11 Nov. 2018 Trupanion’s lofty valuation means investors have a lot to lose if that analysis proves incorrect. Charley Grant, WSJ, "High-Flying Pet Insurer Faces New Risk," 31 Oct. 2018 However, mobile gaming doesn’t have the same lofty requirements as PC gaming. Stefan Etienne, The Verge, "Razer Phone 2 review: it glows, but it doesn’t shine," 22 Oct. 2018 Auburn running back signee Harold Joiner has lofty goals. Josh Bean,, "Could Harold Joiner become Auburn's 4th Heisman winner? That's his goal," 30 Apr. 2018 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

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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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