Definition of lofty in English:



  • 1Of imposing height.

    ‘the elegant square was shaded by lofty palms’
    • ‘Finally, Ms Earle says human rights lawyers must come down from their lofty perches.’
    • ‘The great hall at Union Station is lofty and magnificent - simply walking through it lifts the spirits.’
    • ‘The autumn sky is so lofty that I feel like roaming around the heavens.’
    • ‘The 12 girls took to the lofty heights of Lugnaquilla to participate in a sponsored walk in aid of the Special Olympics.’
    • ‘Giant yellow-poplars are remarkable for their lofty heights and barely tapering columnar shapes.’
    • ‘She put a hand on her hip, looking down at me from her lofty height.’
    • ‘The Berkeley Court Hotel's opulent ballroom with its lofty ceiling, tall mirrors and huge chandeliers offers the perfect backdrop for a glamorous night.’
    • ‘‘It's creepy,’ whispered Taffle, looking upwards to the halls' lofty heights.’
    • ‘I believe that this is because their view of society is as indistinct as the view of the street below from the lofty heights of a high-rise building.’
    • ‘Barely anyone valued the river, preferring instead to live at lofty heights that kissed the clouds, so I had been able to rent a small apartment overlooking the Effenlie.’
    • ‘The island boasted a cluster of lofty mountains, the tallest of which the locals named Ice Peak.’
    • ‘There are magnificent views of the whole island from this lofty perch.’
    • ‘It is a city rather than a town, that lofty, majestic cathedral ensuring its status.’
    • ‘Ah, to be with those who first gazed on those lofty heights - that was golden mountaineering.’
    • ‘Our lights barely reached the top of this dramatically sculpted abyss, and we sat in awe for a good ten minutes just peering up into its lofty heights.’
    • ‘From his lofty perch atop the tallest pine at the highest point of Drangle pass, Forlon surveyed the peaceful terrain with satisfaction.’
    • ‘Daredevil can't shoot industrial strength spider webs or soar between lofty towers.’
    • ‘You still enter a lofty domed hall by a small door set in an imposing gate.’
    • ‘From the lofty heights of Neiphin Mountain, you can view the landscape from Keenagh all the way to Easkey.’
    • ‘Yet the ballroom's lofty wood-panelled ceiling and tall seaward windows, along with an adjoining dining hall and arcaded veranda, do evoke another more gracious age.’
    tall, high, giant, towering, soaring, sky-high, sky-scraping
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    1. 1.1 Of a noble or elevated nature.
      ‘an extraordinary mixture of harsh reality and lofty ideals’
      • ‘His actions have distressed the great many journalists who go to pains every day to uphold the lofty ideals of their chosen craft.’
      • ‘Just as every drop makes an ocean, one young man, who feels that it is his duty to strive for world peace, is spreading the lofty ideals of peace and harmony among the common folk.’
      • ‘The cottage, rebuilt in 1997 in line with the description in the poems, reminds visitors of Du's simple life and lofty ideals.’
      • ‘Some will smirk at such lofty aspirations, calling them silly, if not impossible.’
      • ‘Generation after generation of Americans has understood the lofty ideals that underlie our great Republic.’
      • ‘Over the years he admits he has at times strayed from that lofty ideal.’
      • ‘Hopefully, my fortune will assist him in achieving that lofty goal.’
      • ‘It's a lofty ideal and one which will probably remain in the ivory tower of newspaper journalism, but I would add one caveat.’
      • ‘The GGA failed to live up to its lofty and noble ideals due largely to the self-serving nature of some of its less progressive members.’
      • ‘Our religion is too lofty, noble and humane to have such thugs and killers.’
      • ‘The lofty ideal found many spontaneous takers.’
      • ‘I hoped that lofty ambition alone might sneak me through to the finals.’
      • ‘Gibson's film seems to have less lofty ambitions.’
      • ‘A noble and lofty goal, the setup is an interesting one but the actual action is brutally difficult.’
      • ‘On the one hand it proclaims lofty ideals, and on the other it prevents disclosure.’
      • ‘However, considerable friction arose from the beginning between lofty republican ideals and the lure of distant lands.’
      • ‘It is a world where nobody aspires to anything lofty, noble, or daring, and where nobody must love another when such love is fragile, mysterious, and hard.’
      • ‘Do they have the same lofty goals and aspirations as able-bodied individuals?’
      • ‘To accomplish that lofty goal, Fulham must finish among the top five clubs in the much more competitive league.’
      noble, exalted, high, high-minded, grand, fine, sublime, elevated, worthy
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    2. 1.2 Haughty and aloof.
      ‘lofty intellectual disdain’
      • ‘What you need to cultivate here, as a composer, is an air of lofty disdain for us poor sweat-shop craftspeople down here.’
      • ‘Will the Irish media engage, or will it maintain its lofty disdain for the president and his people?’
      • ‘In the years after the Second World War, American history, which had been viewed with lofty condescension in most British universities, became an increasingly popular subject.’
      • ‘Indeed, the whole of the French governing elite maintained a lofty disdain for the episode.’
      • ‘It has inspired essays by France's lofty intellectuals.’
      • ‘There is little indication that their parents begrudged them their cultivated and hunting ways provided they evinced lofty intellectual interests.’
      • ‘This is her favourite pastime as it escalates her already lofty notions of self-importance.’
      • ‘Unlike their British and American counterparts, French politicians have generally exhibited a lofty disdain for the concept of crafting an image.’
      • ‘A passionate nativism marched in lock step with a sense of a lofty imperial mission.’
      • ‘Unlike some of his predecessors, he never seems lofty or arrogant.’
      • ‘Given that organisation's lofty disdain for those of us working in the popular press, it is also very tempting to do so.’
      • ‘As Kant remarked, this is said in a lofty, disdainful tone, full of the presumption of wanting to reform reason by experience.’
      • ‘What is occurring in this affair is a soft but highly effective form of modern ‘censorship’, that by lofty disdain and complete disregard.’
      • ‘Tabloid journalism is a tricky subject: it tends to invite lofty condescension.’
      • ‘On no account is he an aloof, lofty person, but instead he eats and drinks with the Minjung, sometimes asking favours from them or vice versa, granting their requests.’
      • ‘However, the ITA took a rather lofty and somewhat patronizing view of the abilities of independent producers.’
      • ‘The conversational performance bar was high - not to any ridiculously lofty intellectual setting, but higher than I am generally used to in the general course of things.’
      • ‘In particular, we should aim to follow their example and not let anything stand in the way of lofty intellectual pursuit.’
      haughty, proud, aloof, arrogant, disdainful, supercilious, condescending, patronizing, scornful, contemptuous, self-important, conceited, snobbish
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  • 2(of wool and other textiles) thick and resilient.

    • ‘Because fleece is such a lofty, stretchy fabric, use a 3 mm or 3.5 mm stitch length.’


Middle English: from loft, influenced by aloft.