- extending high in the air; of imposing height; towering: lofty mountains.
- exalted in rank, dignity, or character; eminent.
- elevated in style, tone, or sentiment, as writings or speech.
- arrogantly or condescendingly superior in manner; haughty: to treat someone in a lofty manner.
- Nautical. noting a rig of a sailing ship having extraordinarily high masts.
- (of fabric or yarn) thick and resilient.
Origin of lofty
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1. elevated. See high. 3. sublime. 4. supercilious.
2. lowly. 4. humble.
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Examples from the Web for loftily
They loftily asked those who watched The Real Housewives of New York City what was with the leg toss.‘The Real Housewives of New York City’ Loses a Leg in Sixth-Season Finale
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While Washington wrote from inside the experience of the freed slaves, DuBois observes them loftily from above.David's Book Club: The Souls of Black Folk
May 5, 2013
It may just be the case that high-end Vancouver real estate is loftily suspended, awaiting such a nasty correction.Vancouver Real-Estate Market Unlikely Victim of China Slowdown
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He presents a manic mix of politics and religion, loftily billed as “the fusion of entertainment and enlightenment.”Glenn Beck's Dark Past
January 22, 2010
Ah, they are of their insignificance so loftily unconscious.The Spenders
Harry Leon Wilson
"That's all right, my boy," cried Yates loftily, with a wave of his hand.In the Midst of Alarms
"Enterprise and industries," answered Cousin Egbert loftily.Ruggles of Red Gap
Harry Leon Wilson
"It is my intent to lead this company myself," he loftily informed the ruffler.Love-at-Arms
"It was a matter of sentiment," said Madame Beattie loftily.The Prisoner
- of majestic or imposing height
- exalted or noble in character or nature
- haughty or supercilious
- elevated, eminent, or superior
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Word Origin and History for loftily
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