noun, plural loaves [lohvz] /loʊvz/.
- the rounded head of a cabbage, lettuce, etc.
- Slang: Older Use. head or brains: Use your loaf.
Origin of loaf1
verb (used without object)
verb (used with object)
Origin of loaf2
Examples from the Web for loaf
This 2-0 was a clear-cut win, a sharp slice through a loaf, no ambiguity, no crumbs.
In her cramped kitchen she mashed pork fat with oatmeal and sculpted a loaf, which she fried up in patties.‘Tracing the Blue Light’: Read Chapter 1 of Eileen Cronin’s ‘Mermaid’|Eileen Cronin|April 8, 2014|DAILY BEAST
To fill demand, the Martins collaborated with baker John Gendusa who developed a 40-inch loaf of French bread to reduce waste.New Orleans Celebrates Its Favorite Sandwich at the Oak Street Po-Boy Festival|Tyler Gillespie|November 26, 2013|DAILY BEAST
On two of the most divisive social issues, most Republicans seem to want to concede a quarter loaf and move on.
All the man had in the room to eat was half a loaf of dry bread and two bottles of water.Russian Girl Katia Popova Was Trapped in Her Apartment for Nine Years|Anna Nemtsova|December 6, 2011|DAILY BEAST
As a matter of course, they went in, and had a good meal off a loaf which the careless table-maid had left standing on the shelf.The Animal Story Book|Various
At another time he did not have the price of a loaf of bread, and so went hungry.Stevenson's Perfect Virtues|Luther Albertus Brewer
Put a pound of loaf sugar into the pan which receives the juice, and let it remain until the sugar is dissolved.The Lady's Own Cookery Book, and New Dinner-Table Directory;|Charlotte Campbell Bury
They were not the sort of boys who loaf about stores and pool halls, listening to cheap talk.The Shadow Passes|Roy J. Snell
Imagine the princess to be that child, and the stone a loaf that she would fain give to feed a beggar.Uarda, Complete|Georg Ebers
noun plural loaves (ləʊvz)
Word Origin for loaf
Word Origin for loaf
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.
see half a loaf is better than none.