• (RP) enPR: lŏftʹi, IPA: /ˈlɒfti/
  • (America) enPR: lôftʹi, IPA: /ˈlɔːfti/
  • (cot-caught, Canada) enPR: lŏftʹi, IPA: /ˈlɑfti/

lofty (comparative loftier, superlative loftiest)

  1. high, tall, having great height or stature
    • 1885, Richard F. Burton, The Book of the Thousand Nights and a Night, Night 551:
      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
    • 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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Proper noun
  1. (informal) nickname for a tall (usually male) person

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