aloft

[ uh-lawft, uh-loft ]
/ əˈlɔft, əˈlɒft /

adverb

high up; far above the ground.
Nautical.
  1. on the masts; in the rigging; overhead.
  2. (on a square-rigged sailing ship) in the upper rigging, specifically, on or above the lower yards (opposed to alow).
in or into the air.

preposition

on or at the top of: flags flying aloft the castle.

RELATED WORDS


Nearby words

  1. aloe vera,
  2. aloes,
  3. aloeswood,
  4. aloeus,
  5. alofi,
  6. alogi,
  7. alogia,
  8. alogical,
  9. alogically,
  10. aloha

Origin of aloft

1150–1200; Middle English o loft; < Old Norse ā lopt in the air; see a-1, loft

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British Dictionary definitions for aloft

aloft

/ (əˈlɒft) /

adverb, adjective (postpositive)

in or into a high or higher place; up above
nautical in or into the rigging of a vessel

Word Origin for aloft

C12: from Old Norse ā lopt in the air; see lift 1, loft

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Word Origin and History for aloft

aloft

adv.

c.1200, from a Scandinavian source; cf. Old Norse a lopti "up above," literally "up in the air," from a "in, on" + lopt "sky, air, atmosphere; loft, upper room" (cf. Gothic luftus, Old High German luft, Old English lyft "air;" see loft).

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