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Middle English, noble, from loft +‎ -y; see loft(upstairs room, sky).



lofty (comparative loftier, superlative loftiest)

  1. high, tall, having great height or stature
    • 1862, George Borrow, chapter 98, in Wild Wales[1]:
      On my left was a river, which came roaring down from a range of lofty mountains right before me to the south-east.
    a lofty bed
  2. idealistic, implying over-optimism
    a lofty goal
    • 2013, Delme Parfitt in Wales Online, Cardiff City 1 - 0 Swansea City: Steven Caulker heads Bluebirds to South Wales derby win (3 November 2013)
      A goal from Steven Caulker, just after the hour mark, was enough to hand victory to Malky Mackay's men, with Swansea falling some way short of the lofty standards they have set previously at this level.
  3. extremely proud; arrogant; haughty
    • F. Harrison
      that lofty pity with which prosperous folk are apt to remember their grandfathers


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