- 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.
- to pass idly (usually followed by away): to loaf one's life away.
Origin of loaf2
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Examples from the Web for loafs
Quite a few of these loafs use potato starch and tapioca starch in attempts to produce a lighter, fluffier product.How to Buy Gluten-Free Without Getting Duped
April 12, 2014
He loafs in Frank's room until Frank has had to give up smoking.Stanford Stories
Charles K. Field
They tell me he's turned Atheist, and loafs about all Sunday with a gun.The Giant's Robe
He struts and loafs through the kitchen and lords it over the men.Comrades
It is the adolescent who loafs and dawdles on street corners.Tramping on Life
One of them loafs across and explains to the Tribal Herald, who, next week, cries aloud that the road ought to be mended.Letters of Travel (1892-1913)
- a shaped mass of baked bread
- any shaped or moulded mass of food, such as cooked meat
- slang the head; senseuse your loaf!
- (intr) to loiter or lounge around in an idle way
- (tr foll by away) to spend (time) idlyhe loafed away his life
Word Origin and History for loafs
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.