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loaf

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noun \ˈlōf\

Simple Definition of loaf

  • : 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

Full Definition of loaf

plural loaves play \ˈlōvz\

  1. 1 :  a shaped or molded mass of bread

  2. 2 :  a shaped or molded often symmetrical mass of food

  3. 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

Rhymes with loaf


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loaf

verb

Simple Definition of loaf

  • : to spend time relaxing instead of working

Full Definition of loaf

  1. intransitive verb
  2. :  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>.


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