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[top-lawf-tee, -lof-] /ˈtɒpˈlɔf ti, -ˈlɒf-/
condescending; haughty.
Often, toploftical.
Origin of toplofty
First recorded in 1815-25; top1 + lofty
Related forms
toploftily, adverb
toploftiness, noun Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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Examples from the Web for toplofty
Historical Examples
  • "'Tis well," said Turkey Proudfoot with a toplofty toss of his bald head.

    The Tale of Turkey Proudfoot Arthur Scott Bailey
  • No one, however, has discovered that invitations to Mrs. toplofty's are any less welcome.

    Etiquette Emily Post
  • Mrs. toplofty asked you to dinner to-night and I accepted for you—hope that was all right.

    Etiquette Emily Post
  • But all their gay upper works, so toplofty and frail, showed a gleaming white front to the western sun.

    Gideon's Band George W. Cable
  • On the evening of the theater party, Mrs. toplofty herself stands in the lobby to receive the guests.

    Etiquette Emily Post
  • Her grandmother, who was a toplofty, made all her grandchildren walk daily across a polished floor with sand-bags on their heads.

    Etiquette Emily Post
British Dictionary definitions for toplofty


(informal) haughty or pretentious
Derived Forms
toploftily, adverb
toploftiness, noun
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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