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[lawf-tee, lof-] /ˈlɔf ti, ˈlɒf-/
adjective, loftier, loftiest.
extending high in the air; of imposing height; towering:
lofty mountains.
exalted in rank, dignity, or character; eminent.
elevated in style, tone, or sentiment, as writings or speech.
arrogantly or condescendingly superior in manner; haughty:
to treat someone in a lofty manner.
Nautical. noting a rig of a sailing ship having extraordinarily high masts.
(of fabric or yarn) thick and resilient.
Origin of lofty
late Middle English
1400-50; late Middle English; see loft, -y1
Related forms
loftily, adverb
loftiness, noun
overloftily, adverb
overloftiness, noun
overlofty, adjective
unlofty, adjective
1. elevated. See high. 3. sublime. 4. supercilious.
2. lowly. 4. humble. Unabridged
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  • Closer to my lofty perch, a bald eagle plunges toward unseen prey in the lake's blue waters.
  • He himself viewed his work and his calling in an extremely lofty light.
  • And there is one method that keeps that lofty goal from being mission impossible.
  • But this is a lofty goal, and the methods are not without critics.
  • He wasn't yet thinking lofty thoughts about human beings or public health.
  • Once the lofty domain of that guy you know with the computer science degree.
  • Instead the disappointment comes from the way the picture spells out lofty, serious themes and then spells them out again.
  • You're not supposed to think about lofty spiritual affairs in terms so temporal as their political importance.
  • But not all grudge matches are fought for such lofty ideals.
  • Real conservatism cannot aspire to lofty principles, because its task is to defend what already exists.
British Dictionary definitions for lofty


adjective loftier, loftiest
of majestic or imposing height
exalted or noble in character or nature
haughty or supercilious
elevated, eminent, or superior
Derived Forms
loftily, adverb
loftiness, noun
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Word Origin and History for lofty

"exalted, of high rank," early 15c.; also "with a high purpose," from loft + -y (2). From early 14c. as a surname. Literal sense of "high" is attested from 1580s. Related: Loftily; loftiness.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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