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 lofty (audio) \ adverb
loftiness \ ˈlȯf-​tē-​nəs How to pronounce lofty (audio) \ noun

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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.
Recent Examples on the Web Wednesday’s after-hours price) and trades at a relatively lofty 75x projected 2022 revenues? Trefis Team, Forbes, 15 Oct. 2021 Bellinger’s big hit decided a scintillating NL Division Series between talent-laden teams with lofty win totals — the latest exciting chapter of this storied rivalry. BostonGlobe.com, 15 Oct. 2021 The best architects of the era were invited to submit designs; lofty quotes about the Fourth Estate were selected to adorn the lobby. Mckay Coppins, The Atlantic, 14 Oct. 2021 This is no small issue, either: FSD is considered fundamental to the equity story underpinning Tesla's lofty $800 billion-plus market capitalization. Christiaan Hetzner, Fortune, 14 Oct. 2021 After a year-and-a-half of lofty conversations around the subject, its absence felt abrupt, if not troubling. Emily Farra, Vogue, 13 Oct. 2021 Buffalo became the first time since the 2000 Baltimore Ravens to open a season with two shutouts in its first four games, but the lofty rankings came against struggling offenses fielded by Miami, Washington and Houston. Jarrett Bell, USA TODAY, 11 Oct. 2021 But Illinois has a track record of setting and celebrating renewable energy targets only to miss the mark by a wide margin, calling into question whether the state will be able to deliver on its latest lofty promises for a cleaner energy future. Dan Petrella, chicagotribune.com, 11 Oct. 2021 But SPACs have given young companies a path to pursue their lofty dreams on the public markets. oregonlive, 11 Oct. 2021

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First Known Use of lofty

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

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“Lofty.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/lofty. Accessed 27 Oct. 2021.

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lofty

adjective

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

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: The Cross of Lead

Other Words from lofty

loftily \ -​tə-​lē \ adverb
loftiness \ -​tē-​nəs \ noun

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