Definition of aloft in English:



  • 1Up in or into the air; overhead.

    ‘the congregation sways, hands aloft’
    ‘she held her glass aloft’
    • ‘The 5ft-wingspan model could lead to the development of pilotless aircraft that can stay aloft indefinitely.’
    • ‘Our main ‘artwork’ was a flying saucer, to be carried aloft by a giant helium-filled weather balloon.’
    • ‘Each time the crowd surges, I'm completely off my feet, the pressure of the pack keeping me aloft.’
    • ‘Nevertheless, persistence paid off, and man was finally able to soar aloft with improved gliding equipment.’
    • ‘A man walks by, holding an empty Molson's Canadian beer carton aloft like a flag.’
    • ‘The frail craft, though buffeted by violent winds and sudden air pockets, stayed aloft.’
    • ‘At the end of the service many among the crowd fought back tears as, scarves aloft, they sang the Anfield anthem You'll Never Walk Alone.’
    • ‘Predictably, her worst critics have come out with Bibles held aloft.’
    • ‘I approached the fridge yesterday morning at breakfast with my arm aloft to pluck the box of choice from the cereal Manhattan above.’
    • ‘The flag should never be carried flat or horizontally, but always aloft and free.’
    • ‘The man eventually agreed to come down after more than 16 hours sitting aloft in freezing temperatures and rain.’
    • ‘We hustled to pack up our tables and bags and, holding our tents aloft, started marching.’
    • ‘Key seemed too dumbfounded at the fusion to do anything more than keep himself aloft above the pool.’
    • ‘With this, he walked into the water, the hat held aloft so it wouldn't get wet.’
    • ‘This was the scene when more than 500 staff from Motorola held cards aloft to create a huge red nose as part of a fundraising bid for Comic Relief.’
    • ‘Jesus held his hand aloft above his eyes, so as to shield his vision from the glare of the sun, and blew wind through his lips.’
    • ‘I hoisted aloft an imaginary trophy and waved to the fans.’
    • ‘I was woken, however, by the light of a candle being held aloft above my face, and the sight of Gerald peering down at me anxiously.’
    • ‘It's amazing and while in flight, I'm always skeptical that the plane is going to remain aloft.’
    • ‘The teddy bears will be equipped with their own small parachute and harness, and carried aloft by a giant kite - then dropped from a height.’
    upwards, up, high, higher, into the air, into the sky, skyward, on high, heavenward
    in the air, in the sky, high up, up, high, up above, on high, overhead, above
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    1. 1.1 Up the mast or into the rigging of a ship.
      ‘Tom went aloft with the bosun’
      • ‘If you are thinking about buying a sailboat, ask the surveyor if the rigging will be inspected aloft or from the deck.’
      • ‘Hornblower was about to return topside when the men from aloft scampered down the companionway.’
      • ‘To have the ship's company clearly visible on deck, or in the days of sail, aloft on the yards, meant that the guns were not manned.’
      • ‘He addressed the sailor that was aloft clutching the rigging for dear life.’
      • ‘Once at sea, cast your eyes aloft, there will be a dozen or more sailors swinging about in the rigging adjusting sails.’


Middle English: from Old Norse á lopt, á lopti, from á ‘in, on, to’ + lopt ‘air’.