toplofty

adjective top·lofty \ ˈtäp-ˌlȯf-tē \
variants: or less commonly toploftical play \täp-ˈlȯf-ti-kəl\

Definition of toplofty

:very superior in air or attitude

toploftily

play \täp-ˈlȯf-tə-lē\ adverb

toploftiness

play \ˈtäp-ˌlȯf-tē-nəs\ noun

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Examples of toplofty in a Sentence

  1. those toplofty history professors who sneeringly use the term “popularizer” to describe any historian whose works are read with pleasure

Did You Know?

How many words do we need to describe those who seem to think they're better than the rest of us? By the 19th century we already had arrogant, haughty, and supercilious, but there was apparently need for more because by mid-century the language had garnered two others: toplofty and its variant toploftical. The source of these is likely the phrase top loft, which refers to the highest story of a building. Neither is common, but both are available to you should their synonyms prove too boring or obvious.

Origin and Etymology of toplofty

probably from the phrase top loft

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