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1loaf

noun \ˈlōf\

: an amount of bread that has been baked in a long, round, or square shape

: a dish made from foods (such as chopped meat, eggs, and seasoning) that are pressed together, shaped, and usually baked

plural loaves \ˈlōvz\

Full Definition of LOAF

1
:  a shaped or molded mass of bread
2
:  a shaped or molded often symmetrical mass of food
3
slang British :  head, mind

Examples of LOAF

  1. slicing a loaf of bread

Origin of LOAF

Middle English lof, from Old English hlāf; akin to Old High German hleib loaf
First Known Use: before 12th century

Other Food Terms

Reuben, calamari, chuck, curry, edamame, foie gras, hummus, leaven, nonpareil, peel

Rhymes with LOAF

2loaf

verb

: to spend time relaxing instead of working

Full Definition of LOAF

intransitive verb
:  to spend time in idleness

Examples of LOAF

  1. I spent most of the weekend just loafing around the house.
  2. <the kind of sultry August afternoon that makes you just want to loaf>

Origin of LOAF

probably back-formation from loafer
First Known Use: 1835

Synonym Discussion of LOAF

idle, loaf, lounge, loll, laze mean to spend time doing nothing. idle may be used in reference to persons that move lazily or without purpose <idled the day away>. loaf suggests either resting or wandering about as though there were nothing to do <she does her work and then loafs the rest of the day>. lounge , though occasionally used as equal to idle or loaf, typically conveys an additional implication of resting or reclining against a support or of physical comfort and ease in relaxation <he lounged against the wall>. loll also carries an implication of a posture similar to that of lounge, but places greater stress upon an indolent or relaxed attitude <lolling on the couch>. laze usually implies the relaxation of a busy person enjoying a vacation or moments of leisure <lazed about between appointments>.
LOAF Defined for Kids

1loaf

noun \ˈlōf\
plural loaves \ˈlōvz\

Definition of LOAF for Kids

1
:  a usually oblong mass of bread
2
:  a dish (as of meat) baked in an oblong form

2loaf

verb
loafedloaf·ing

Definition of LOAF for Kids

:  to spend time idly or lazily <During vacation I will loaf on the beach.>
loaf·er noun

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