[ lohf ]
/ loʊf /
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noun, plural loaves [lohvz]. /loʊvz/.

a portion of bread or cake baked in a mass, usually oblong with a rounded top.
a shaped or molded mass of food, as of sugar or chopped meat: a veal loaf.
  1. the rounded head of a cabbage, lettuce, etc.
  2. Slang: Older Use. head or brains: Use your loaf.



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Origin of loaf

First recorded before 950; Middle English lo(o)f, Old English hlāf “loaf, bread”; cognate with German Laib, Old Norse hleifr, Gothic hlaifs

Definition for loaf (2 of 2)

[ lohf ]
/ loʊf /

verb (used without object)

to idle away time: He figured the mall was as good a place as any for loafing.
to lounge or saunter lazily and idly: We loafed for hours along the water's edge.

verb (used with object)

to pass idly (usually followed by away): to loaf one's life away.

Origin of loaf

An Americanism first recorded in 1825–35; back formation from loafer

synonym study for loaf

1, 3. See lounge.


un·loaf·ing, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for loaf (1 of 2)

/ (ləʊf) /

noun plural loaves (ləʊvz)

a shaped mass of baked bread
any shaped or moulded mass of food, such as cooked meat
slang the head; senseuse your loaf!

Word Origin for loaf

Old English hlāf; related to Old High German hleib bread, Old Norse hleifr, Latin libum cake

British Dictionary definitions for loaf (2 of 2)

/ (ləʊf) /


(intr) to loiter or lounge around in an idle way
(tr foll by away) to spend (time) idlyhe loafed away his life

Word Origin for loaf

C19: perhaps back formation from loafer
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Idioms and Phrases with loaf


see half a loaf is better than none.

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