From Middle English lofte (“air, sky, upper region, loft”), from Old English loft, (doublet of native Old English lyft) of North Germanic origin, from Old Norse lopt (“upper chamber, attic, region of sky, air”), from Proto-Germanic *luftuz (“air, sky”).
- (Received Pronunciation) IPA(key): /lɒft/, enPR: lŏft
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- (General American) IPA(key): /lɔft/, enPR: lôft
- (cot–caught merger, Canada) IPA(key): /lɑft/, enPR: lŏft
- Rhymes: -ɒft
loft (plural lofts)
- (obsolete, except in derivatives) air, the air; the sky, the heavens.
- An attic or similar space (often used for storage) in the roof of a house or other building.
- Such an attic used as an atelier.
- an artist's loft
- Such an attic used as an atelier.
- (textiles) The thickness of a soft object when not under pressure.
- maximum loft
- A gallery or raised apartment in a church, hall, etc.
- an organ loft
- A residential flat (apartment) on an upper floor of an apartment building.
- a Manhattan loft
- 1989 July 1, Jan Herman, “Sitcom face of Harry Groener also familiar on stage”, in Los Angeles Times, Entertainment and Arts:
- Today, with a loft in Manhattan and a condo in Century City, they are the epitome of the bi-coastal couple.
- (golf) The pitch or slope of the face of a golf club (tending to drive the ball upward).
- (obsolete) A floor or room placed above another.
- lift (noun)
- (transitive) To propel high into the air.
- (intransitive) To fly or travel through the air, as though propelled
- 2004, Wallace Akin, The Forgotten Storm:
- When she saw houses lofting past her window, she ran to the child, who slept on a feather bed and she gathered the coverlet around them both.
- (bowling) To throw the ball erroneously through the air instead of releasing it on the lane's surface.
- (transitive) To furnish with a loft space.
- 1853, Parliamentary Papers, House of Commons and Command, (Please provide the book title or journal name):
- Two sisters, one under fifteen years of age, have lofted the house, so as to have a room for themselves.
- (transitive) To raise (a bed) on tall supports so that the space beneath can be used for something else.
- 2010, Casey Lewis, Knack Dorm Living, page 15:
- Lofting a bed is much harder work than it seems, and pulling a nail out with the back of a hammer is much simpler than using your own nails.
- (obsolete, rare) lofty; proud; haughty
- 1542, Henry Howard, Earl of Surrey, Epitath on Sir Thomas Wyatt the Elder:
- A heart, where dread was never so imprest
To hide the thought that might the truth advance;
In neither fortune loft, nor yet represt
- attic, room immediately below the roof of a building
- ceiling, structure separating stories in a building
- (by extension) an upper limit to something
loft n (genitive singular lofts, nominative plural loft)
- fara á loft
- taka á loft
- grípa á lofti
- halda á lofti
- liggja í loftinu
- í lausu lofti
- út í loftið
- þungt loft
- “loft” in The Nynorsk Dictionary.
loft m inan
- loft in Wielki słownik języka polskiego, Instytut Języka Polskiego PAN
- loft in Polish dictionaries at PWN
loft m (plural lofts)
- a loft (attic or similar space directly beneath the roof of a building)
- Synonym: vindsutrymme
- (archaic) the upper floor (upstairs) of a two-story house
- Synonym: övervåning
|Declension of loft|
- ha tomtar på loftet (“to be crazy”)
- vind (“attic”)
- loft in Svensk ordbok (SO)
- loft in Svenska Akademiens ordlista (SAOL)
- loft in Svenska Akademiens ordbok (SAOB)
loft c (plural loften)
- “loft”, in Wurdboek fan de Fryske taal (in Dutch), 2011