overlofty

lofty

[lawf-tee, lof-]
adjective, loftier, loftiest.
1.
extending high in the air; of imposing height; towering: lofty mountains.
2.
exalted in rank, dignity, or character; eminent.
3.
elevated in style, tone, or sentiment, as writings or speech.
4.
arrogantly or condescendingly superior in manner; haughty: to treat someone in a lofty manner.
5.
Nautical. noting a rig of a sailing ship having extraordinarily high masts.
6.
(of fabric or yarn) thick and resilient.

Origin:
1400–50; late Middle English; see loft, -y1

loftily, adverb
loftiness, noun
overloftily, adverb
overloftiness, noun
overlofty, adjective
unlofty, adjective


1. elevated. See high. 3. sublime. 4. supercilious.


2. lowly. 4. humble.
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lofty (ˈlɒftɪ)
 
adj , loftier, loftiest
1.  of majestic or imposing height
2.  exalted or noble in character or nature
3.  haughty or supercilious
4.  elevated, eminent, or superior
 
'loftily
 
adv
 
'loftiness
 
n

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lofty
"exalted," also "with a high purpose," 15c., from loft + -y (2). Literal sense of "high" is attested from 1580s. Related: Loftily.
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