Definition of aloft in English:



  • 1Up in or into the air; overhead.

    ‘the congregation sways, hands aloft’
    ‘she held her glass aloft’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Nevertheless, persistence paid off, and man was finally able to soar aloft with improved gliding equipment.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘The man eventually agreed to come down after more than 16 hours sitting aloft in freezing temperatures and rain.’
    • ‘Our main ‘artwork’ was a flying saucer, to be carried aloft by a giant helium-filled weather balloon.’
    • ‘Predictably, her worst critics have come out with Bibles held aloft.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘The frail craft, though buffeted by violent winds and sudden air pockets, stayed aloft.’
    • ‘The 5ft-wingspan model could lead to the development of pilotless aircraft that can stay aloft indefinitely.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Each time the crowd surges, I'm completely off my feet, the pressure of the pack keeping me aloft.’
    • ‘I hoisted aloft an imaginary trophy and waved to the fans.’
    • ‘The flag should never be carried flat or horizontally, but always aloft and free.’
    • ‘I approached the fridge yesterday morning at breakfast with my arm aloft to pluck the box of choice from the cereal Manhattan above.’
    • ‘A man walks by, holding an empty Molson's Canadian beer carton aloft like a flag.’
    • ‘It's amazing and while in flight, I'm always skeptical that the plane is going to remain aloft.’
    • ‘We hustled to pack up our tables and bags and, holding our tents aloft, started marching.’
    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
    View synonyms
    1. 1.1 Up the mast or into the rigging of a ship.
      ‘Tom went aloft with the bosun’
      • ‘Once at sea, cast your eyes aloft, there will be a dozen or more sailors swinging about in the rigging adjusting sails.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘If you are thinking about buying a sailboat, ask the surveyor if the rigging will be inspected aloft or from the deck.’
      • ‘He addressed the sailor that was aloft clutching the rigging for dear life.’


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