Definition of loft in US English:



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

    • ‘Beyond the ground floor, however, the transformation of the office building into lofts has taken a controversial turn.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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 second-floor loft, which used to house Plantation, their plant and flower warehouse, is for rent.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘In the past, many cottages consisted of only one or two rooms, plus a sleeping loft.’
    • ‘Is there space in your garage or carport for a storage loft?’
    • ‘The inside has a sleeping loft that will sleep 4-6.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘They will probably convert the loft and I would guess the kitchen and bathroom will be totally changed.’
    • ‘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 resulting mixed-use complex has 175,000 square feet of commercial space and 171 residential lofts.’
    • ‘The top floor flat even has a modish sleeping loft overlooking the living space below.’
    • ‘Renovations of his SoHo loft in Manhattan were featured in a glowing article in Architectural Digest.’
    • ‘In fact, sleeping is relegated to a front room and the loft, and the bigger bunkroom space is used as an alternate living room.’
    • ‘They bought the former council house and converted the loft into a bedroom for their two eldest daughters.’
    • ‘Whimsical designs have cropped up everywhere from downtown lofts to uptown ranch homes.’
    • ‘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.’
    attic, roof space, cock loft
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    1. 1.1 A gallery in a church or hall.
      ‘a choir loft’
      • ‘I sighed and settled down in the choir loft for the next boring forty-five minutes.’
      • ‘It's a fully staged production except for the chorus which will be in the choir loft.’
      • ‘The balcony in the sanctuary was shaped like a horseshoe and extended on both sides to the choir loft at the front.’
      • ‘They had a very large pipe organ and a central choir loft above and behind the pulpit.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘The choir lofts were filled with chairs, and the chairs filled with air.’
      • ‘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 former choir loft was incorporated into the mezzanine floor plan, which resulted in a dramatic display area on the third floor.’
      • ‘In the first half of this church sequence, Cole is playing with his soldiers in the choir loft when Malcolm comes in.’
      • ‘Putting the opera chorus in the choir loft was easy.’
      • ‘The latter was the hardest, as I was very curious about the sounds that resonated from the choir loft.’
      • ‘Some of the choir members rebelled against this, resulting in an exodus from the choir loft.’
    2. 1.2 A large, open area over a shop, warehouse, or factory, sometimes converted into living space.
      • ‘North of the famous commercial area, the Loop, converted factory lofts now house ethnic art galleries and yuppie advertising agencies.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Turn some of the factories into lofts using the New York limitation that only registered artists and cultural people can rent them.’
      • ‘She raved about how she could convert the factory space into a fabulous loft for herself.’
      • ‘In recent years, developers had considered converting the building into lofts, but a deal did not materialize.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘That space consists largely of residential blocks and light industrial space and warehousing easily converted to lofts, on the eastern side of the city.’
      • ‘On one job we were building a loft in a large warehouse.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Now, warehouse-style lofts and apartments continue to attract more people.’
    3. 1.3 A pigeon house.
      • ‘A West Yorkshire Police spokesman confirmed officers had received a report of an arson attack on the pigeon loft.’
      • ‘Homing pigeons taken from their lofts and released as far away as 1,000 km in unfamiliar territory return home.’
      • ‘Even if the loft comes down the pigeons will be stopping.’
      • ‘I was thus spared from being locked in a pigeon loft with a plate of mushy peas for the rest of the night.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Town clerk Graham Gittins said no decision had been made yet about where to site the pigeon lofts.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Pigeon lofts should be emptied and items such as skateboard ramps disposed of.’
      • ‘Duramitex is a concentrate that needs diluting and is used to clean out pigeon lofts and hen houses.’
  • 2Golf
    Upward inclination given to the ball in a stroke.

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


[with object]
  • 1Kick, hit, or throw (a ball or missile) high up.

    ‘he lofted the ball over the infield’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘The Dutch master lofted a gorgeous ball to Henry.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Well, this guy ran down, made his turn in, came in for a layup, and lofted it up over the square.’
    • ‘Rodriguez lofted a long fly ball as Damon could only look up for a cursory farewell.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Smith began to loft the ball to search for the pocket.’
    • ‘Swinging defensively, Lynn lofted a short fly down the left field line.’
    • ‘Smith actually was lofting the ball out onto the lane about 15 feet.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Pass after pass was lofted astray and only the muscle of Goodman appeared to offer the visitors hope of deliverance.’
    • ‘He gave himself acres of room to loft the ball over cover but ended up finding nothing but air.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Ball after ball was lofted into the Colt goalmouth but time and again their defence came up trumps as they repelled attack after attack.’
    kick, hit, throw, head, lob
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    1. 1.1lofted 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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Use lofted woods and 5-iron through sand wedge.’


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