lofty

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From Middle English lofty, lofti, lofte (of high rank; noble; ornate), equivalent to loft +‎ -y; see loft (sky, firmament; upper room).

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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.
    • 1885, Richard F. Burton, “Night 551”, in The Book of the Thousand Nights and a Night:
      When the night was half spent, I rose and walked on, till the day broke in all its beauty and the sun rose over the heads of the lofty hills and athwart the low gravelly plains.
  2. idealistic, implying over-optimism
    a lofty goal
    • 3 November 2013, Delme Parfitt, “Cardiff City 1 - 0 Swansea City: Steven Caulker heads Bluebirds to South Wales derby win”, in Wales Online:
      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
    • 1886, Frederic Harrison, The Choice of Books:
      that lofty pity with which prosperous folk are apt to remember their grandfathers

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