loft

[lawft, loft]

noun

verb (used with object)

verb (used without object)

to hit or throw something aloft, especially a ball.
to go high into the air when hit, as a ball.

Origin of loft

before 1000; Middle English lofte (noun), late Old English loft < Old Norse lopt upper chamber or region, the air, sky. See lift
Related formsloft·less, adjectiveun·der·loft, nounwell-loft·ed, adjective
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Related Words for loft

apartment, studio, attic, storage, garret, dormer

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British Dictionary definitions for loft

loft

noun

the space inside a roof
a gallery, esp one for the choir in a church
a room over a stable used to store hay
an upper storey of a warehouse or factory, esp when converted into living space
a raised house or coop in which pigeons are kept
sport
  1. (in golf) the angle from the vertical made by the club face to give elevation to a ball
  2. elevation imparted to a ball
  3. a lofting stroke or shot

verb (tr)

sport to strike or kick (a ball) high in the air
to store or place in a loft
to lay out a full-scale working drawing of (the lines of a vessel's hull)

Word Origin for loft

Late Old English, from Old Norse lopt air, ceiling; compare Old Danish and Old High German loft (German Luft air)
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Word Origin and History for loft
n.

"an upper chamber," c.1300, from late Old English loft "the sky; the sphere of the air," from Old Norse lopt "air, sky," originally "upper story, loft, attic" (Scandinavian -pt- pronounced like -ft-), from Proto-Germanic *luftuz "air, sky" (cf. Old English lyft, Dutch lucht, Old High German luft, German Luft, Gothic luftus "air").

Sense development is from "loft, ceiling" to "sky, air." Buck suggests ultimate connection with Old High German louft "bark," louba "roof, attic," etc., with development from "bark" to "roof made of bark" to "ceiling," though this did not directly inform the meaning "air, sky." But Watkins says this is "probably a separate Germanic root." Meaning "gallery in a church" first attested c.1500.

v.

"to hit a ball high in the air," 1856, originally in golf, from loft (n.). Related: Lofted; lofting. An earlier sense was "to put a loft on" (a building), 1560s; also "to store (goods) in a loft" (1510s).

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