loaf

noun
\ ˈlōf How to pronounce loaf (audio) \
plural loaves\ ˈlōvz How to pronounce loaves (audio) \

Definition of loaf

 (Entry 1 of 2)

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

loaf

verb
loafed; loafing; loafs

Definition of loaf (Entry 2 of 2)

intransitive verb

: to spend time in idleness

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Verb

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

Examples of loaf in a Sentence

Noun

slicing a loaf of bread

Verb

I spent most of the weekend just loafing around the house. the kind of sultry August afternoon that makes you just want to loaf
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The 12th-century duomo, a Norman and Romanesque structure compact as a loaf of bread, shows Arab traces in the windows and decorations. Frances Mayes, National Geographic, "Discover Italy’s most delicious secret," 11 July 2019 Extra batter can always be baked off as cupcakes, muffins or mini-loaves. Becky Krystal, Twin Cities, "How to swap baking pan sizes without ruining your recipe," 7 July 2019 But in New England, a simple loaf packed with the berries is treasured. Lisa Yockelson, BostonGlobe.com, "Recipe: In New England, a blueberry cake on the kitchen counter is a treasured summer moment," 1 July 2019 Tucked inside its massive nose cone, among two dozen other satellites, sat a tiny spacecraft: a bread-loaf-sized device designed to propel itself by gossamer sails that harness the pressure of sunlight. Amy Thompson, Smithsonian, "LightSail 2 Launches to Space to Soar on the Power of Sunshine," 25 June 2019 So, the debate seems to boil down to this: is a half a loaf better than none? Barbara Peterson, Condé Nast Traveler, "New York's Airports Are Getting Billion-Dollar Makeovers—But What Will They Actually Change?," 21 Nov. 2018 Haggard shoppers, their steel carts overflowing with fruit, milk, fish, matzo and loaves of bread, wait to scan their purchases. Jessica Gelt, latimes.com, "The kids’ review of the new Cayton Children’s Museum: Sticky thumbs up," 30 June 2019 Not only did the retail center feature department and specialty stores typically found in malls, but customers also had the convenience of picking up a loaf of bread at two supermarkets and unleashing strikes at the Bowlero Bowling Lanes. Douglas C. Towne, azcentral, "Mr. Magoo and a Bond girl, too: John F. Long's Maryvale Shopping City attracted stars," 6 June 2019 As Republicans ramp up to discredit radical democratic-socialist economics, House Democrats may counter with half-a-loaf bills that seem reasonable, get terrific press and don’t have budget-busting price tags. WSJ, "Beware ‘Thin Edge of the Wedge’ Socialism," 5 Dec. 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Quilted Hammock, $250, pawleysislandhammocks.com A father is entitled to loaf around the house in his holey college hoodie. Jacob Gallagher, WSJ, "11 Gifts to Help Dad Relax This Father’s Day," 6 June 2018 Sport mode overcomes much of the conservativeness, but the transmission’s fuzzy logic to adapt to the driver’s performance style can be frustratingly slow to wake up and deliver evasive power after loafing along. Mark Maynard, sandiegouniontribune.com, "2019 Volkswagen Jetta: 7th generation wide-body reboot," 6 July 2018 For years, hundreds of California sea lions have colonized the docks in the Oregon port town of Astoria, their loafing brown bodies serving as both a tourist attraction and a nuisance begrudgingly tolerated by officials. Karin Brulliard, Washington Post, "One state’s plan to save a protected species is to kill another species," 11 June 2018 There’s concern about people loafing while on government assistance. Alan Bjerga, Bloomberg.com, "Trump Voters Would Be Hit Hardest by GOP’s Food Stamp Work Rules," 10 May 2018 Such loafing on the job following the time change suggests that people are less productive when mildly sleep deprived due to the time change. David Wagner, chicagotribune.com, "The dark side of daylight saving time," 9 Mar. 2018 The main focus is on two middle-aged brothers in the large Denetclaw family: Wesley (James Coleman), a loafing alcoholic, and the long-sober Raymond (Rod Rondeaux). Neil Young, The Hollywood Reporter, "'Land': Film Review | Berlin 2018," 2 Mar. 2018 Levine’s team recruited 53 middle-aged volunteers aged 45 to 64 who admitted to loafing around a lot, and put them on an exercise regime. Maggie Fox, NBC News, "Regular exercise takes off years of laziness, study finds," 8 Jan. 2018 In other words, subjects responded to the suddenly-more-difficult run by doing a corresponding amount of loafing. Jay Willis, GQ, "Do Ankle Weights Make You a Stronger Runner?," 1 Oct. 2017

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First Known Use of loaf

Noun

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Verb

1835, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for loaf

Noun

Middle English lof, from Old English hlāf; akin to Old High German hleib loaf

Verb

probably back-formation from loafer

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loaf

noun

English Language Learners Definition of loaf

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: 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

loaf

verb

English Language Learners Definition of loaf (Entry 2 of 2)

: to spend time relaxing instead of working

loaf

noun
\ ˈlōf How to pronounce loaf (audio) \
plural loaves\ ˈlōvz \

Kids Definition of loaf

 (Entry 1 of 2)

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

loaf

verb
loafed; loafing

Kids Definition of loaf (Entry 2 of 2)

: to spend time idly or lazily During vacation I will loaf on the beach.

Other Words from loaf

loafer noun

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