loaves

[ lohvz ]
/ loʊvz /

noun

plural of loaf1.

Definition for loaves (2 of 2)

loaf

1
[ lohf ]
/ loʊf /

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.
British.
  1. the rounded head of a cabbage, lettuce, etc.
  2. Slang: Older Use. head or brains: Use your loaf.

Origin of loaf

1
before 950; Middle English lo(o)f, Old English hlāf loaf, bread; cognate with German Laib, Old Norse hleifr, Gothic hlaifs
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British Dictionary definitions for loaves (1 of 3)

loaves

/ (ləʊvz) /

noun

the plural of loaf 1

British Dictionary definitions for loaves (2 of 3)

loaf

1
/ (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 loaves (3 of 3)

loaf

2
/ (ləʊf) /

verb

(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 loaves

loaf


see half a loaf is better than none.

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