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aloft (adv.)

"on high, in the air," c. 1200, from a Scandinavian source such as Old Norse a lopt "up above," literally "up in the air," from a "in, on" (see on) + lopt "sky, air, atmosphere; loft, upper room," from the general Germanic word for "air" (cognate with Gothic luftus, Old High German luft, Old English lyft "air;" see loft (n.)). Scandinavian -pt- pronounced like -ft-. The Old English equivalent was on þa lyft.

updated on December 24, 2016

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Definitions of aloft from WordNet

aloft (adv.)
at or on or to the masthead or upper rigging of a ship;
climbed aloft to unfurl the sail
aloft (adv.)
upward;
the good news sent her spirits aloft
aloft (adv.)
at or to great height; high up in or into the air;
dust is whirled aloft
eagles were soaring aloft
aloft (adv.)
in the higher atmosphere above the earth;
weather conditions aloft are fine
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