Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • adj. Of imposing height.
  • adj. Elevated in character; exalted.
  • adj. Affecting grandness; pompous.
  • adj. Arrogant; haughty.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. high, tall, having great height or stature
  • adj. idealistic, implying over-optimism
  • adj. extremely proud

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Lifted high up; having great height; towering; high.
  • adj. Fig.: Elevated in character, rank, dignity, spirit, bearing, language, etc.; exalted; noble; stately; characterized by pride; haughty.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Raised in space or dimensions; lifted high up; elevated; very high.
  • Elevated in condition, character, or quality; raised above the common level; characterized by eminence, dignity, sublimity, etc.; exalted; impressive.
  • Elevated in conceit; manifesting pride or arrogance; haughty; ostentatious.
  • Synonyms High, etc. See tall.
  • Sublime, exalted, stately, majestic. See grand.
  • Arrogant, magisterial.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adj. of imposing height; especially standing out above others
  • adj. of high moral or intellectual value; elevated in nature or style
  • adj. having or displaying great dignity or nobility

Etymologies

Middle English, noble, from loft, upstairs room, sky; see loft.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Middle English, noble, from loft ("upstairs room, sky"). (Wiktionary)

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  • Kimsuk has an extremely lofty opinion oh himself.

    February 15, 2013

  • Trees, trees, millions of trees, massive, immense, running up high; and at their foot, hugging the bank against the stream, crept the little begrimed steamboat, like a sluggish beetle crawling on the floor of a lofty portico.

    --Heart of Darkness, Joseph Conrad

    March 9, 2011

  • Lovesick, it came back upon yourself
    You are the one left on the shelf
    You are incapable of playing the fool
    Longing so what's different today?
    You sent the boy and girl away
    You are concerned with matters lofty.


    (Mayfly, by Belle and Sebastian)

    August 24, 2008