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toplofty

[top-lawf-tee, -lof-]
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adjective
  1. condescending; haughty.
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Often top·loft·i·cal.

Origin of toplofty

First recorded in 1815–25; top1 + lofty
Related formstop·loft·i·ly, adverbtop·loft·i·ness, noun
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Related Words

derisivehaughtyunsympatheticarrogantaversealoofcontemptuousantipatheticcavaliercoolegotistichoity-toityindifferentinsolentlordlyoverbearingproudsneeringsnootysupercilious

Examples from the Web for toplofty

Historical Examples

  • "'Tis well," said Turkey Proudfoot with a toplofty toss of his bald head.

    The Tale of Turkey Proudfoot

    Arthur Scott Bailey

  • No one, however, has discovered that invitations to Mrs. Toplofty's are any less welcome.

    Etiquette

    Emily Post

  • Mrs. Toplofty asked you to dinner to-night and I accepted for you—hope that was all right.

    Etiquette

    Emily Post

  • But all their gay upper works, so toplofty and frail, showed a gleaming white front to the western sun.

    Gideon's Band

    George W. Cable

  • On the evening of the theater party, Mrs. Toplofty herself stands in the lobby to receive the guests.

    Etiquette

    Emily Post


British Dictionary definitions for toplofty

toplofty

adjective
  1. informal haughty or pretentious
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Derived Formstoploftily, adverbtoploftiness, noun
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