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loaf2

[lohf]
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verb (used without object)
  1. to idle away time: He figured the mall was as good a place as any for loafing.
  2. to lounge or saunter lazily and idly: We loafed for hours along the water's edge.
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verb (used with object)
  1. to pass idly (usually followed by away): to loaf one's life away.
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Origin of loaf2

1825–35, Americanism; back formation from loafer
Related formsun·loaf·ing, adjective

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2. loll, idle.
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  • 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.

  • He struts and loafs through the kitchen and lords it over the men.

    Comrades

    Thomas Dixon

  • It is the adolescent who loafs and dawdles on street corners.

  • One of them loafs across and explains to the Tribal Herald, who, next week, cries aloud that the road ought to be mended.


British Dictionary definitions for loafs

loaf1

noun plural loaves (ləʊvz)
  1. a shaped mass of baked bread
  2. any shaped or moulded mass of food, such as cooked meat
  3. slang the head; senseuse your loaf!
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Word Origin

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

loaf2

verb
  1. (intr) to loiter or lounge around in an idle way
  2. (tr foll by away) to spend (time) idlyhe loafed away his life
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Word Origin

C19: perhaps back formation from loafer
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Word Origin and History for loafs

loaf

n.

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.

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loaf

v.

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.

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Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

Idioms and Phrases with loafs

loaf

see half a loaf is better than none.

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