noun, plural leaves [leevz] /livz/.
verb (used without object)
verb (used with object)
Origin of leaf
Related Words for leafingneedle, stalk, frond, petal, sheet, scale, blade, leaflet, flag, pad, bract, stipule, petiole, paper, folio, scan, browse, skim, riffle, glance
Examples from the Web for leafing
Contemporary Examples of leafing
Holding them in my hands, leafing through the pages, is a comfort to me.Larry McMurtry: May the Books Flourish!
September 5, 2013
As an adult she was a “newsagent reader,” leafing through copies at newsstands before buying the more refined Sunday Telegraph.Brits Bid ‘World’ Goodbye
July 10, 2011
“I hope to sell other works” she said, and returned to leafing through her books of transparencies.The Coolest Works at Frieze
October 22, 2009
Historical Examples of leafing
Eudora's, behind her trees and leafing vines, was gray for lack of paint.The Yates Pride
Mary E. Wilkins Freeman
I have watched the leafing of that lily, and I have watched its budding.The Story of Opal
Leafing, blossoming, and ripening early (blossoming soon after Riparia).The Grapes of New York
U. P. Hedrick
"Very interesting indeed," Hellman said, leafing through the book.One Man's Poison
The flower-like delicacy of leafing out is wonderfully prolonged.A Northern Countryside
noun plural leaves (liːvz)
Word Origin for leaf
"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.
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.
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