Definition of aloft in English:

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Pronunciation: /əˈlôft/

adjective& adverb

1Up in or into the air; overhead: the congregation sways, hands aloft [as adverb]: she held her glass aloft
More example sentences
  • Jesus held his hand aloft above his eyes, so as to shield his vision from the glare of the sun, and blew wind through his lips.
  • I was woken, however, by the light of a candle being held aloft above my face, and the sight of Gerald peering down at me anxiously.
  • Key seemed too dumbfounded at the fusion to do anything more than keep himself aloft above the pool.
upward, up, high, in(to) the air, in(to) the sky, skyward, on high, overhead, heavenward, high (up), up above
1.1Up the mast or into the rigging of a sailing vessel.
Example sentences
  • If you are thinking about buying a sailboat, ask the surveyor if the rigging will be inspected aloft or from the deck.
  • He addressed the sailor that was aloft clutching the rigging for dear life.
  • To have the ship's company clearly visible on deck, or in the days of sail, aloft on the yards, meant that the guns were not manned.


Middle English: from Old Norse á lopt, á lopti, from á 'in, on, to' + lopt 'air'.

  • Aloft is from Old Norse á lopt, from á ‘in, on, to’ and lopt ‘air’.

Words that rhyme with aloft

croft, loft, oft, soft, toft

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Syllabification: a·loft

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