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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In setting the single-season franchise record for receiving yards by a rookie tight end, Andrews invited lofty comparisons. Jonas Shaffer, baltimoresun.com, "‘The savviest route runner I’ve ever seen’: Why Ravens TE Mark Andrews is worthy of imitation," 2 Aug. 2019 Shittu cites lofty comparisons Vanderbilt center Simi Shittu was asked after Thursday’s workout why his game is suited for the NBA. Vince Ellis, Detroit Free Press, "Detroit Pistons draft prospect Shamorie Ponds gets buckets, brings swagger," 7 June 2019 Those are might lofty comparisons for a one-year starter. Larry Holder, NOLA.com, "New Orleans Saints final 2018 mock draft: Focus on defense in early rounds," 23 Apr. 2018 Jamrozik has lofty goals for the service, hoping to be in every major metropolitan area within a few years. Kara Carlson, Dallas News, "A company that wants to be a working parent's 'Uber for kids' just launched in Dallas," 19 July 2019 Finally, one of our loftier goals is to genetically engineer eye-colonizing bacteria to act as long-term delivery vehicles to the surface of the eye. Scientific American, "Meet the Eye Microbiome," 23 June 2019 That same year, New York City set an even loftier goal to plant 1 million trees by 2017. David Abel, BostonGlobe.com, "City fails in promise to plant 100,000 trees," 9 June 2018 While thankful for the prosthetic, Pezzarossi has his sights squarely set on a loftier goal. Robert Rhoden, NOLA.com, "Veteran's bionic hand is turning heads in Mandeville," 12 Mar. 2018 Plus, small changes are less taxing to your willpower than loftier goals. Samantha Cassetty, NBC News, "8 healthy tweaks to make your diet today, according to nutritionists," 20 Jan. 2018

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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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