[ 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.

  1. elevated in style, tone, or sentiment, as writings or speech.

  2. arrogantly or condescendingly superior in manner; haughty: to treat someone in a lofty manner.

  3. Nautical. noting a rig of a sailing ship having extraordinarily high masts.

  4. (of fabric or yarn) thick and resilient.

Origin of lofty

First recorded in 1400–50; late Middle English loft, -y1

synonym study For lofty

1. See high.

Other words for lofty

Opposites for lofty

Other words from lofty

  • loft·i·ly, adverb
  • loft·i·ness, noun
  • o·ver·loft·i·ness, noun
  • o·ver·loft·y, adjective
  • un·loft·y, adjective

Words Nearby lofty Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2024

How to use lofty in a sentence

British Dictionary definitions for lofty


/ (ˈlɒftɪ) /

adjectiveloftier or loftiest
  1. of majestic or imposing height

  2. exalted or noble in character or nature

  1. haughty or supercilious

  2. elevated, eminent, or superior

Derived forms of lofty

  • loftily, adverb
  • loftiness, noun

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