loft·y (lôftē, lŏf-)
adj. loft·i·er, loft·i·est
1. Of imposing height.
2. Elevated in character; exalted.
3. Affecting grandness; pompous.
4. Arrogant; haughty.
[Middle English, noble, from loft, upstairs room, sky; see LOFT.]
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