I. adjective, adverb 1. up in or into the air; overhead[as predic. adj.] • the congregation sways, hands aloft
• [as adv.]
she held her glass aloft.
2. up the mast or into the rigging of a ship. • Tom went aloft with the bosun.
– origin Middle English: from Old Norse á lopt, á lopti, from á ‘in, on, to’ + lopt ‘air’.