loftier; loftiest
1
a
: 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.
3
a
: rising to a great height : impressively high
lofty mountains
b
: remote, esoteric
basic precepts are not lofty abstractions far removed from matters of daily livingD. D. Eisenhower
4
: having full-bodied, firm, and resilient textile fibers
lofty flannel
loftily adverb
loftiness noun
Choose the Right Synonym for lofty

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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Word History

First Known Use

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

Time Traveler
The first known use of lofty was in the 15th century

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Cite this Entry

“Lofty.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/lofty. Accessed 26 Feb. 2024.

Kids Definition

lofty

adjective
loftier; loftiest
1
: proud sense 1a, haughty
a lofty manner
2
a
: of high, noble, or excellent quality
lofty ideals
b
: of high rank : superior
3
: rising to a great height
lofty redwood trees
loftily adverb
loftiness noun

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