lofty

[lawf-tee, lof-]
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adjective, loft·i·er, loft·i·est.
  1. extending high in the air; of imposing height; towering: lofty mountains.
  2. exalted in rank, dignity, or character; eminent.
  3. elevated in style, tone, or sentiment, as writings or speech.
  4. arrogantly or condescendingly superior in manner; haughty: to treat someone in a lofty manner.
  5. Nautical. noting a rig of a sailing ship having extraordinarily high masts.
  6. (of fabric or yarn) thick and resilient.

Origin of lofty

late Middle English word dating back to 1400–50; see origin at loft, -y1
Related formsloft·i·ly, adverbloft·i·ness, nouno·ver·loft·i·ly, adverbo·ver·loft·i·ness, nouno·ver·loft·y, adjectiveun·loft·y, adjective

Synonyms for lofty

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1. elevated. See high. 3. sublime. 4. supercilious.

Antonyms for lofty

2. lowly. 4. humble.
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Contemporary Examples of loftiness

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Historical Examples of loftiness


British Dictionary definitions for loftiness

lofty

adjective loftier or loftiest
  1. of majestic or imposing height
  2. exalted or noble in character or nature
  3. haughty or supercilious
  4. elevated, eminent, or superior
Derived Formsloftily, adverbloftiness, noun
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Word Origin and History for loftiness

lofty

adj.

"exalted, of high rank," early 15c.; also "with a high purpose," from loft + -y (2). From early 14c. as a surname. Literal sense of "high" is attested from 1580s. Related: Loftily; loftiness.

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