noun, plural leaves [leevz] /livz/.
verb (used without object)
verb (used with object)
Origin of leaf
Related Words for leafsneedle, stalk, frond, petal, sheet, scale, blade, leaflet, flag, pad, bract, stipule, petiole, paper, folio, scan, browse, skim, riffle, glance
Examples from the Web for leafs
Contemporary Examples of leafs
Whether it comes in the form of liquids, protein shakes, chocolate bars, or leafs of kale, food is energy.Will Food Waste Power Your Home?
The Daily Beast
June 16, 2014
In April, Nissan delivered 1,937 Leafs and Chevrolet sold 1,306 Volts.Nissan Leaf Leads Growth in April Electric Car Sales
May 2, 2013
Over the first nine months of the year, 9,674 Leafs and 7,671 Volts were sold.A123 Goes Chapter 11
October 19, 2012
Historical Examples of leafs
You see there is chost the least sdain of rhet on the etch of the leafs.Bride Roses
W. D. Howells
It keeps green until December, and leafs out early in the spring.A Woman's Hardy Garden
Helena Rutherfurd Ely
Certainly, maamanything you like, beamed Mr Papingay, swelling with pride at his own and the leafs importance.Knock Three Times!
Marion St. John Webb
That Pisistratus did so is Mr. Leafs theory, but there is not a hint about anybody collecting anything in the Greek.Homer and His Age
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