[ kok-lawft, -loft ]
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nounOlder Use.
  1. a small loft or attic above the highest finished ceiling of a building.

  2. a completely enclosed space between rafters and a suspended ceiling.

Origin of cockloft

First recorded in 1580–90; cock1 + loft

Words Nearby cockloft Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

How to use cockloft in a sentence

  • This hasty and guarded conversation was carried on between two plebe cadets who had met in a corridor of the academy "cockloft."

    Frank Merriwell's Chums | Burt L. Standish
  • A ladder connected with a hole in the roof enabled you to reach the cockloft, the guest room of the establishment.

    The Belovd Vagabond | William J. Locke
  • The hand of improvement touched cockloft Hall shortly after.

    A Little Girl of Long Ago | Amanda Millie Douglas
  • In a single-room cabin there usually is a cockloft, reached by a ladder, for storage, and maybe a bunk or two.

    Our Southern Highlanders | Horace Kephart
  • Hark ye, Captain, dost thou know who last inhabited this old cockloft?

    The Pirate | Sir Walter Scott

British Dictionary definitions for cockloft


/ (ˈkɒkˌlɒft) /

  1. a small loft, garret, or attic

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