adjective & adverb
- 1Up in or into the air; overhead: [as predic. adjective]: the congregation sways, hands aloft [as adverb]: she held her glass aloftMore 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.
- 1.1Up the mast or into the rigging of a ship: Tom went aloft with the bosunMore 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'.