Definition of loft in English:



  • 1A room or space directly under the roof of a house or other building, used for accommodation or storage.

    ‘the best way to prevent this heat loss is by insulating the loft’
    as modifier ‘loft conversions’
    • ‘In the rear of a house just half a block away from my house, there was a three-garage outbuilding with storage lofts above each garage.’
    • ‘The top floor flat even has a modish sleeping loft overlooking the living space below.’
    • ‘They will probably convert the loft and I would guess the kitchen and bathroom will be totally changed.’
    • ‘The resulting mixed-use complex has 175,000 square feet of commercial space and 171 residential lofts.’
    • ‘They bought the former council house and converted the loft into a bedroom for their two eldest daughters.’
    • ‘Renovations of his SoHo loft in Manhattan were featured in a glowing article in Architectural Digest.’
    • ‘Whimsical designs have cropped up everywhere from downtown lofts to uptown ranch homes.’
    • ‘The second-floor loft, which used to house Plantation, their plant and flower warehouse, is for rent.’
    • ‘Is there space in your garage or carport for a storage loft?’
    • ‘Graham spent the bulk of his day today sorting out the junk in the garage, creating a boarded storage loft in the roof space, and separating out a couple of loads of rubbish to go to the recycling centre tomorrow.’
    • ‘The 67-unit project contains a wide variety of housing types, including two- and three-story townhouses, flats, lofts, and three single-family houses on the north end.’
    • ‘Beyond the ground floor, however, the transformation of the office building into lofts has taken a controversial turn.’
    • ‘In fact, sleeping is relegated to a front room and the loft, and the bigger bunkroom space is used as an alternate living room.’
    • ‘Measures as simple as insulating lofts and switching off appliances can help to combat the problem.’
    • ‘Since the bridge blocks much of the sunlight shining in the loft's direction, Brayton had to devise ways to warm the space from the inside.’
    • ‘The inside has a sleeping loft that will sleep 4-6.’
    • ‘In the past, many cottages consisted of only one or two rooms, plus a sleeping loft.’
    • ‘The ‘new’ museum combines modern elements with remnants of the original structure in an adaptive reuse that also includes public and private office space and residential lofts.’
    • ‘Ither's house was actually a loft in an apartment building.’
    • ‘My friend James got a good deal on a couple of cases of wine but the only room he had for storage was in his loft.’
    attic, roof space, cock loft
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    1. 1.1 A gallery in a church or hall.
      ‘a choir loft’
      • ‘The former choir loft was incorporated into the mezzanine floor plan, which resulted in a dramatic display area on the third floor.’
      • ‘From the choir loft, we had a wonderful view as the Paschal fire spread out among the people, lighting from one candle to the next, dispersing the gloom of darkness.’
      • ‘The balcony in the sanctuary was shaped like a horseshoe and extended on both sides to the choir loft at the front.’
      • ‘In the first half of this church sequence, Cole is playing with his soldiers in the choir loft when Malcolm comes in.’
      • ‘I sighed and settled down in the choir loft for the next boring forty-five minutes.’
      • ‘The latter was the hardest, as I was very curious about the sounds that resonated from the choir loft.’
      • ‘Putting the opera chorus in the choir loft was easy.’
      • ‘They had a very large pipe organ and a central choir loft above and behind the pulpit.’
      • ‘The choir lofts were filled with chairs, and the chairs filled with air.’
      • ‘Some of the choir members rebelled against this, resulting in an exodus from the choir loft.’
      • ‘The choir loft was still behind the pulpit, but there was a drum set, a keyboard, and guitars set up to the left of the podium.’
      • ‘It's a fully staged production except for the chorus which will be in the choir loft.’
    2. 1.2 A large, open area in a warehouse, factory, or other large building that has been converted into living space.
      • ‘Turn some of the factories into lofts using the New York limitation that only registered artists and cultural people can rent them.’
      • ‘In 1999, after three years of construction, the old candy factory on the corner of Queen and Shaw reopened, converted into stylish and expensive residential lofts.’
      • ‘The mill, with its well-cultivated catacomb charm, factory building bleakness and fancy lofts, could be described as the home of the New Leipzig School if you want to think of it in home terms.’
      • ‘The brick and the exposed duct work make this place feel like one of those trendy, oversize lofts that was converted from an old factory.’
      • ‘In recent years, developers had considered converting the building into lofts, but a deal did not materialize.’
      • ‘That space consists largely of residential blocks and light industrial space and warehousing easily converted to lofts, on the eastern side of the city.’
      • ‘North of the famous commercial area, the Loop, converted factory lofts now house ethnic art galleries and yuppie advertising agencies.’
      • ‘Now, warehouse-style lofts and apartments continue to attract more people.’
      • ‘She raved about how she could convert the factory space into a fabulous loft for herself.’
      • ‘On one job we were building a loft in a large warehouse.’
    3. 1.3 A pigeon house.
      • ‘Homing pigeons taken from their lofts and released as far away as 1,000 km in unfamiliar territory return home.’
      • ‘Housing chiefs were stunned when a couple refused to pull down a pigeon loft built without planning permission - because their son lives in it.’
      • ‘Descended from wild rock doves, homing pigeons can locate their lofts, or roosts, even when released several thousand miles away.’
      • ‘A West Yorkshire Police spokesman confirmed officers had received a report of an arson attack on the pigeon loft.’
      • ‘Dr Hansell said pigeon flocks had been successfully reduced in the Swiss city of Basle without a single bird being killed, using a combination of pigeon lofts and egg-removal methods.’
      • ‘Town clerk Graham Gittins said no decision had been made yet about where to site the pigeon lofts.’
      • ‘Even if the loft comes down the pigeons will be stopping.’
      • ‘Pigeon lofts should be emptied and items such as skateboard ramps disposed of.’
      • ‘The Scottish Homing Union, which represents the owners of 4000 pigeon lofts in Scotland, vows to ‘tear this document to shreds’.’
      • ‘On the site of the old gas works in Frome Road, the council has decided to build some pigeon lofts so the birds can come and live with us in Bradford on Avon.’
      • ‘I was thus spared from being locked in a pigeon loft with a plate of mushy peas for the rest of the night.’
      • ‘Duramitex is a concentrate that needs diluting and is used to clean out pigeon lofts and hen houses.’
    4. 1.4US Part of a room on a higher level than the rest of the room.
      • ‘Other getaway realms include the loft and the lower level.’
  • 2Golf
    mass noun Upward inclination given to the ball in a stroke.

    • ‘Bending your irons stronger to reduce loft decreases the bounce angle and increases the likelihood of your club digging into the turf before impact.’
    • ‘This less-steep inside approach also adds loft at impact and improves her accuracy.’
    • ‘For an uphill bunker shot, use less loft and make a normal swing.’
    • ‘This extra loft is key to keeping pitch shots on the green.’
    • ‘Most poor putters hit the ball too much on the upswing - they add loft to the putter on the stroke.’
    1. 2.1 Backward slope of the head of a club, designed to give upward inclination to the ball.
      ‘the extra loft reduces sidespin’
      • ‘Generally, each degree of loft on your wedges translates to two to four yards in carry distance.’
      • ‘You must also stay behind the ball to get the true loft of the club.’
      • ‘Good bunker play comes from good technique, not the loft of the club.’
      • ‘Use the loft of the club to get the ball up in the air.’
      • ‘I don't think golfers have enough loft on their drivers, especially amateurs.’
  • 3mass noun The thickness of insulating matter in an object such as a sleeping bag.


  • 1with object and adverbial of direction Kick, hit, or throw (a ball or missile) high up.

    ‘he lofted the ball over the goalkeeper’
    • ‘The first was to loft the ball over the bar for one of the finest points he has ever scored and probably the most important.’
    • ‘On old wood lanes, bowlers would have to loft the ball farther out on the lane to get the ball to delay its hook and have enough hitting power.’
    • ‘Rodriguez lofted a long fly ball as Damon could only look up for a cursory farewell.’
    • ‘He gave himself acres of room to loft the ball over cover but ended up finding nothing but air.’
    • ‘A boundary was more likely than a three and Giles came down the wicket and tried to loft the ball over the in-field on the leg-side.’
    • ‘A coach lofts the ball at the rim to simulate an errant shot, and the drill is on.’
    • ‘He saw a cornerback blitz coming and lofted a perfect 14-yard completion to Wayne down the left sideline.’
    • ‘The straw that broke the camel's back came in the 16th minute when a high ball was lofted into the Ballyhaunis defence only to be punched into the net by one of their own players.’
    • ‘Having gone to a lighter ball is probably the reason you are lofting the ball farther out onto the lane, or you could have lost some knee bend.’
    • ‘The Dutch master lofted a gorgeous ball to Henry.’
    • ‘Smith began to loft the ball to search for the pocket.’
    • ‘Swinging defensively, Lynn lofted a short fly down the left field line.’
    • ‘He got ahead in the count 2-0, but on the next pitch, he lofted a fly ball to left field - deep enough to score the run, but a bringdown nonetheless.’
    • ‘Ball after ball was lofted into the Colt goalmouth but time and again their defence came up trumps as they repelled attack after attack.’
    • ‘Smith actually was lofting the ball out onto the lane about 15 feet.’
    • ‘England's batting hero shrugged off such trifling concerns, laughed at the nine fielders posted on boundary patrol, and promptly lofted a six over them.’
    • ‘Pass after pass was lofted astray and only the muscle of Goodman appeared to offer the visitors hope of deliverance.’
    • ‘Well, this guy ran down, made his turn in, came in for a layup, and lofted it up over the square.’
    • ‘Robert Smith made this type of shot famous when he did it on ESPN, where he was able to loft the ball more than 15 feet to get the ball back onto the lane.’
    kick, hit, throw, head, lob
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  • 2usually as adjective loftedwith object Give backward slope to the head of (a golf club)

    ‘a lofted metal club’
    • ‘By using more lofted, ‘friendly’ clubs, you will keep the ball in play.’
    • ‘Use a more lofted club - you're going to get a lower trajectory and the ball will run.’
    • ‘As the ball gets deeper in the grass, you should automatically reach for a more lofted club.’
    • ‘Use lofted woods and 5-iron through sand wedge.’
    • ‘That means sometimes playing a more lofted club, to get over a ridge, or on double-breakers, flying the ball far enough to eliminate the first break.’
    • ‘Use a more lofted club to control the roll, and position the ball well back in your stance, which places your hands ahead of the ball.’
    • ‘Because of the long iron's comparative lack of loft, any sidespin created with your swing will be accentuated, because the ball doesn't crawl up the face as much as it does on a club with a more lofted face.’
    • ‘The lower your clubhead speed, the more distance you will gain with a more lofted club.’


Late Old English, from Old Norse lopt ‘air, sky, upper room’, of Germanic origin; related to Dutch lucht and German Luft.