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lofty

[lawf-tee, lof-] /ˈlɔf ti, ˈlɒf-/
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 of lofty
late Middle English
1400-1450
late Middle English word dating back to 1400-50; See origin at loft, -y1
Related forms
loftily, adverb
loftiness, noun
overloftily, adverb
overloftiness, noun
overlofty, adjective
unlofty, adjective
Synonyms
1. elevated. See high. 3. sublime. 4. supercilious.
Antonyms
2. lowly. 4. humble.
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  • Ah, they are of their insignificance so loftily unconscious.

    The Spenders Harry Leon Wilson
  • "That's all right, my boy," cried Yates loftily, with a wave of his hand.

  • "Enterprise and industries," answered Cousin Egbert loftily.

    Ruggles of Red Gap Harry Leon Wilson
  • "It is my intent to lead this company myself," he loftily informed the ruffler.

    Love-at-Arms Raphael Sabatini
  • "It was a matter of sentiment," said Madame Beattie loftily.

    The Prisoner Alice Brown
  • "It'll strengthen her nerves better'n any old doctor," Graham declared, loftily.

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    Jane Abbott
British Dictionary definitions for loftily

lofty

/ˈlɒftɪ/
adjective 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
Derived Forms
loftily, adverb
loftiness, noun
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Word Origin and History for loftily

lofty

adj.

"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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