loft

\ \ [OE] The notion underlying loft is of being ‘high up in the air’ – and indeed originally loft, like its close German relative luft, meant ‘air’.
\ \ Not until the 13th century do we find it being used in English for ‘upper room’ (although in fact its source, Old Norse lopt, had both meanings). All these words go back to a common ancestor, prehistoric Germanic *luftuzair, sky’. From this was derived a verb *luftjan, which, again via Old Norse, has given English lift [13] (the use of the derived noun for an ‘elevator’, incidentally, dates from the mid 19th century).
\ \ Cf.LIFT

Word origins - 2ed. . 2005.

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