noun, plural leaves [leevz] /livz/.
verb (used without object)
verb (used with object)
Origin of leaf
Related Words for leafneedle, stalk, frond, petal, sheet, scale, blade, leaflet, flag, pad, bract, stipule, petiole, paper, folio, scan, browse, skim, riffle, glance
Examples from the Web for leaf
Contemporary Examples of leaf
A lot of us Republicans are having trouble getting the leaf blower started.The GOP Senate: A New Utopia Dawns
P. J. O’Rourke
November 8, 2014
But consider: inhaling one leaf has had the largest deleterious impact on human health of any single product in human history.Can You Really O.D. on Pot?
February 3, 2014
The x-rays and medical information initially belonged to plastic surgeon Michael Gurdin, who began working with Leaf in 1975.Marilyn Monroe Plastic Surgery Records to be Auctioned Off; Cara Delevingne May Star in Amanda Knox Film
The Fashion Beast Team
October 10, 2013
So, for example, Nissan this year cut the sticker price of the Leaf to $28,000—a reduction of $6,400, or 18 percent.Are We at the Electric Car’s Tipping Point?
June 1, 2013
My failure to see a microbe is a statement about the precision of my instrument, not about whether there is a microbe on the leaf.How Not to Cherry-Pick the Results of the Oregon Study (Ultrawonkish)
May 13, 2013
Historical Examples of leaf
The spirit of the strong man was moved, and he trembled like a leaf shaken by the wind.Philothea
Lydia Maria Child
Linda nodded, running a finger down the leaf over his heart.Her Father's Daughter
Is there no leaf, no root you know that would save me from death?Green Mansions
W. H. Hudson
None of us had changed positions, so much as a leaf's thickness.A Woman Tenderfoot
Grace Gallatin Seton-Thompson
Dilly bent, and traced the outline of a leaf with her finger.Meadow Grass
noun plural leaves (liːvz)
Word Origin for leaf
Old English leaf "leaf of a plant; page of a book," from Proto-Germanic *laubaz (cf. Old Saxon lof, Old Norse lauf, Old Frisian laf, Dutch loof, Old High German loub, German Laub "foliage, leaves," Gothic lauf), perhaps from PIE *leup- "to peel off, break off" (cf. Lithuanian luobas, Old Church Slavonic lubu "bark, rind"). Extended 15c. to very thin sheets of metal (especially gold). Meaning "hinged flap on the side of a table" is from 1550s.
"to turn over (the pages of a book)," 1660s, from leaf (n.). The notion of a book page also is in the phrase to turn over a (new) leaf (1570s). Related: Leafed; leaved; leafing.
In addition to the idiom beginning with leaf
- leaf through
- quake in one's boots (like a leaf)
- take a leaf out of someone's book
- turn over a new leaf