Meaning of lofty


Lofty is a good word for describing something that’s high above the ground, or someone who acts like she’s high above everyone else.

Dating from the 15th century, lofty originally meant “exalted,” or spiritually high, but soon came to mean physically high as well. A towering mountain can be called “lofty.” So can someone who walks around with her nose in the air and speaks in a fake English accent. Even if she’s only five-foot-two.

Definitions of lofty
  1. adjective

    of imposing height; especially standing out above others

    lofty mountains”

    eminent, soaring, towering


    (literal meaning) being at or having a relatively great or specific elevation or upward extension (sometimes used in combinations like `knee-high’)
  2. adjective

    having or displaying great dignity or nobility

    lofty ships”

    gallant, majestic, proud


    making a strong or vivid impression
  3. adjective

    of high moral or intellectual value; elevated in nature or style

    “a noble and
    lofty concept”

    elevated, exalted, grand, high-flown, high-minded, idealistic, noble-minded, rarefied, rarified, sublime


    having or showing or indicative of high or elevated character

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