Definition of loft in English:

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Pronunciation: /lôft/
Pronunciation: /läft/


1A room or space directly under the roof of a house or other building, which may be used for accommodations or storage.
Example sentences
  • Graham spent the bulk of his day today sorting out the junk in the garage, creating a boarded storage loft in the roof space, and separating out a couple of loads of rubbish to go to the recycling centre tomorrow.
  • Beyond the ground floor, however, the transformation of the office building into lofts has taken a controversial turn.
  • In the rear of a house just half a block away from my house, there was a three-garage outbuilding with storage lofts above each garage.
1.1A gallery in a church or hall: a choir loft
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  • The choir loft was still behind the pulpit, but there was a drum set, a keyboard, and guitars set up to the left of the podium.
  • From the choir loft, we had a wonderful view as the Paschal fire spread out among the people, lighting from one candle to the next, dispersing the gloom of darkness.
  • In the first half of this church sequence, Cole is playing with his soldiers in the choir loft when Malcolm comes in.
1.2 short for organ loft.
1.3A large, open area over a shop, warehouse, or factory, sometimes converted into living space.
Example sentences
  • That space consists largely of residential blocks and light industrial space and warehousing easily converted to lofts, on the eastern side of the city.
  • In recent years, developers had considered converting the building into lofts, but a deal did not materialize.
  • She raved about how she could convert the factory space into a fabulous loft for herself.
1.4A pigeon house.
Example sentences
  • Duramitex is a concentrate that needs diluting and is used to clean out pigeon lofts and hen houses.
  • Dr Hansell said pigeon flocks had been successfully reduced in the Swiss city of Basle without a single bird being killed, using a combination of pigeon lofts and egg-removal methods.
  • The Scottish Homing Union, which represents the owners of 4000 pigeon lofts in Scotland, vows to ‘tear this document to shreds’.
2 Golf Upward inclination given to the ball in a stroke.
Example sentences
  • This less-steep inside approach also adds loft at impact and improves her accuracy.
  • Most poor putters hit the ball too much on the upswing - they add loft to the putter on the stroke.
  • For an uphill bunker shot, use less loft and make a normal swing.
2.1Backward slope of the head of a club, designed to give upward inclination to the ball.
Example sentences
  • Generally, each degree of loft on your wedges translates to two to four yards in carry distance.
  • Use the loft of the club to get the ball up in the air.
  • Good bunker play comes from good technique, not the loft of the club.
3The thickness of insulating matter in an object such as a sleeping bag or a padded coat.


[with object]
1Kick, hit, or throw (a ball or missile) high up: he lofted the ball over the infield
More example sentences
  • A boundary was more likely than a three and Giles came down the wicket and tried to loft the ball over the in-field on the leg-side.
  • The first was to loft the ball over the bar for one of the finest points he has ever scored and probably the most important.
  • A coach lofts the ball at the rim to simulate an errant shot, and the drill is on.
1.1 (lofted) Give backward slope to the head of (a golf club): a lofted metal club
More example sentences
  • Because of the long iron's comparative lack of loft, any sidespin created with your swing will be accentuated, because the ball doesn't crawl up the face as much as it does on a club with a more lofted face.
  • That means sometimes playing a more lofted club, to get over a ridge, or on double-breakers, flying the ball far enough to eliminate the first break.
  • As the ball gets deeper in the grass, you should automatically reach for a more lofted club.


Late Old English, from Old Norse lopt 'air, sky, upper room', of Germanic origin; related to Dutch lucht and German Luft.

  • In Old English loft meant ‘air, sky’ as well as what was up in the air, an upper room. It comes from Old Norse, and shares a Germanic root with lift (Old English). Sky (Middle English) was also a borrowing from Scandinavian and originally meant ‘cloud’. The word was applied to a shade of blue in the mid 17th century; the phrase out of a clear blue sky, for something as unexpected as rain or thunder out of such a sky, made its appearance towards the end of the 19th century; the sky's the limit dates from the 1920s. When Anglo-Saxons wanted to talk about the sky they could also use the word wolcen, welkin in modern English, but now only used in the expression to make the welkin ring.

Words that rhyme with loft

aloft, croft, oft, soft, toft

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