Definitions

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adv. In a lofty manner.
  • adv. With affectation of grandness.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adv. In a lofty manner or position; haughtily.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • In a lofty manner or position; in an elevated place; on high.
  • In a lofty spirit; with elevated feeling or purpose; eminently; arrogantly; haughtily.

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

  • adv. in a lofty manner

Etymologies

lofty +‎ -ly (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • And Lola and the baby had chimed in loftily, All men ought to have hobbies.

    The Garden Party, and Other Stories

  • "School will teach you a number of things," said her cousin loftily.

    Mates at Billabong

  • "I shall see to the paperwork, " Lawford said loftily, meaning he wanted to lie down for an hour, and he nodded curtly at Sharpe and, beckoning his servants, went to find his billet.

    Sharpe's Escape

  • “People do my dirty work for me,” said Fancy, loftily.

    Slice Of Cherry

  • But what else can you expect, when you attempt to practice apartheid while loftily talking about your own right to exist?

    Matthew Yglesias » Israel’s Irrealism on Settlements

  • It was an inglorious episode on both sides, with its roots in an expanding imperial power being rebuffed in its efforts to trade: there was nothing, the Chinese loftily replied to the British emissaries, that China needed or wanted from the west – not their goods, not their ideas and certainly not their company.

    The Opium War by Julia Lovell – review

  • Wivenhoe Bookshop23 High Street, Wivenhoe, Essex CO7 9BE, 01206 824050Behind the charming 17th-century clapboard facade of Wivenhoe Bookshop lie two small but perfectly formed rooms filled with books, and a large shed in the courtyard out back, loftily known as the event space.

    Independent Bookshops in East England

  • It is clear from the opening that Redmayne's Richard is a man encased in ritual: he sits silently on the throne in an incense-filled chamber as the audience assembles, loftily accepts courtly obeisance and clutches a sceptre as proof of his divine right.

    Richard II – review

  • "The paper has been withdrawn because it contained direct passages from other sources without the necessary citation or attribution," says the respected body a tad loftily.

    Hugh muir's diary

  • The university building has been designed with cross-fertilisation in mind, so the formerly sequestered departments have been encouraged by its architecture to collaborate and compete for attention: the fashion studios with their rows of half-dressed mannequins look over at the rigour of graphic design; fine arts gazes loftily down on the weaving room of the textile department, in which banks of looms display the threads of intricate pattern-making.

    Even in straitened times, we must encourage, not stifle, creativity | Tim Adams

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