[ lawft, loft ]
/ lɔft, lɒft /


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.

Nearby words

  1. loewi, otto,
  2. loewy,
  3. lofn,
  4. lofoten and vesterålen,
  5. lofoten islands,
  6. loft building,
  7. lofting,
  8. lofting iron,
  9. lofting, hugh,
  10. loftsman

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 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for loft


/ (lɒft) /


verb (tr)

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
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