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See also: LOFT and løft



Middle English lofte ‎(air, sky, upper region, loft), from Old English loft, (doublet of native Old English luft) of North Germanic origin, from Old Norse lopt ‎(upper chamber, attic, region of sky, air), from Proto-Germanic *luftuz ‎(air, sky). Akin to Old High German luft "air" (German Luft), Old English lyft ‎(air). More at lift, aloft.



loft ‎(plural lofts)

  1. (obsolete, except in derivatives) air, the air; the sky, the heavens.
  2. An attic or similar space (often used for storage) in the roof of a house or other building.
  3. (textiles) The thickness of a soft object when not under pressure.
  4. A gallery or raised apartment in a church, hall, etc.
    an organ loft
  5. (golf) The pitch or slope of the face of a golf club (tending to drive the ball upward).
  6. (obsolete) A floor or room placed above another.
    • Bible, Acts xx. 9
      Eutychus [] fell down from the third loft.


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loft ‎(third-person singular simple present lofts, present participle lofting, simple past and past participle lofted)

  1. To propel high into the air.
    • 2011 September 28, Tom Rostance, “Arsenal 2 - 1 Olympiakos”, BBC Sport:
      Marouane Chamakh then spurned a great chance to kill the game off when he ran onto Andrey Arshavin's lofted through ball but shanked his shot horribly across the face of goal.
  2. (bowling) To throw the ball erroneously through the air instead of releasing it on the lane's surface.


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loft ‎(comparative more loft, superlative most loft)

  1. (obsolete, rare) lofty; proud; haughty
    (Can we find and add a quotation of Surrey to this entry?)




loft n ‎(genitive singular lofts, nominative plural loft)

  1. air
  2. sky
  3. loft, attic
  4. ceiling



West Frisian[edit]



  1. air, sky (loft does not include air as a mixture of gasses)