Definition of toplofty in English:



US informal
  • Haughty and arrogant.

    ‘toplofty, self-deceiving grandees’
    • ‘The first is relatively manageable: Lower the flag on American universalism - not to half-mast, but not as toplofty as it has been flying since the end of the Second World War.’
    • ‘There's a toplofty headline if ever there was one.’
    • ‘It is impossible to be toplofty about these people.’
    • ‘He wrote in an often opaque and always toplofty style and with a specialized vocabulary derived from the social sciences, his sentences gravid with learning and self-importance.’
    • ‘Many people I know seem to be somewhat toplofty about visiting the Great Mall - by nature of it being a ‘discount center,’ or, for that matter, visiting any place in Milpitas.’
    • ‘The writer adopted a toplofty attitude toward his creatures, but he had the intellectual force to transform snobbery into satire.’
    • ‘So when I say I'm argute, I'm shrewd; an apple-knocker is an ignoramus, lollygagging is laziness, and a toplofty is an arrogant man.’
    • ‘He wrote in an often opaque and always toplofty style, with a specialized vocabulary derived from the social sciences.’
    • ‘This was toplofty thinking, but then tall thistles are apt to think tall thought.’
    • ‘He wrote once that we ought to stop the ridiculous pretense of calling these toplofty politicians our ‘leaders’; they are in fact our rulers.’
    • ‘However toplofty and idealistic a man may be, he can always rationalize his right to earn money. - Raymond Chandler’
    • ‘The printer who sticks to a standard is usually supposed to be arbitrary, autocratic, wilful, conceited, and generally toplofty.’
    • ‘Somehow while a good percentage of free jazzers in other countries appear to specialize in grim faces and toplofty attitudes, the Dutch - like the Italians - are able to add insouciance to their improvisations.’
    arrogant, proud, haughty, conceited, lofty, aloof, disdainful, superior, self-important, supercilious, exclusive