That done, they went down to the creek bank, and loafed in the rays of the afternoon sun.
I had loafed around the lanes, and had made friends with the idle and the dissolute.
Silent, they loafed on the edge of the wharf, swinging their legs above the water.
Most of us pretended to look for them and loafed about the neighbouring slums.
Never before had Time so loafed and enjoyed himself in some nonsense by the wayside.
They loafed about the only hotel and saloon, but were always on the alert.
A copper-coloured native, in shorts and a wide grass hat, loafed over to us.
Instead of this he loafed about, sulky and angry with society.
Orion loafed into the lamplight by the steps before Queenie got into action.
I loafed and paltered until the want of a dinner drove me into honesty.
late 13c., from Old English hlaf "portion of bread baked in a mass of definite form," from Proto-Germanic *khlaibuz (cf. Old Norse hleifr, Swedish lev, Old Frisian hlef, Old High German hleib, German Laib, Gothic hlaifs "bread, loaf"), of uncertain origin, perhaps connected to Old English hlifian "to raise higher, tower," on the notion of the bread rising as it bakes, but it is unclear whether "loaf" or "bread" is the original sense. Finnish leipä, Old Church Slavonic chlebu, Lithuanian klepas probably are Germanic loan words. Meaning "chopped meat shaped like a bread loaf" is attested from 1787.
1835, American English, back-formation from loafer (1830), which often is regarded as a variant of land loper (1795), a partial loan-translation of German Landläufer "vagabond," from Land "land" + Läufer "runner," from laufen "to run" (see leap). But OED finds this connection "not very probable." Related: Loafed; loafing.