Lofty is a good word for describing something that's high above the ground, or someone who acts like she's high above everyone else.

Dating from the 15th century, lofty originally meant "exalted," or spiritually high, but soon came to mean physically high as well. A towering mountain can be called "lofty." So can someone who walks around with her nose in the air and speaks in a fake English accent. Even if she's only five-foot-two.

Definitions of lofty
  1. adjective
    of imposing height; especially standing out above others
    lofty mountains”
    synonyms: eminent, soaring, towering
    (literal meaning) being at or having a relatively great or specific elevation or upward extension (sometimes used in combinations like `knee-high')
  2. adjective
    having or displaying great dignity or nobility
    lofty ships”
    synonyms: gallant, majestic, proud
    making a strong or vivid impression
  3. adjective
    of high moral or intellectual value; elevated in nature or style
    “a noble and lofty concept”
    synonyms: elevated, exalted, grand, high-flown, high-minded, idealistic, noble-minded, rarefied, rarified, sublime
    having or showing or indicative of high or elevated character
  4. adjective
    having or showing arrogant superiority to and disdain of those one views as unworthy
    synonyms: disdainful, haughty, imperious, lordly, overbearing, prideful, sniffy, supercilious, swaggering
    feeling self-respect or pleasure in something by which you measure your self-worth; or being a reason for pride
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