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 British slang : 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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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun In 2019 Seamus Blackney, a scientist who became a video-game designer, baked a loaf using a starter based on a 4,500-year-old yeast from Egypt. The Economist, "World in a dish Why sourdough went viral," 4 Aug. 2020 Pull the soft bread out of the center of the loaf, leaving most of the crust behind, and tear bread into bite-size pieces. The New York Times News Service Syndicate, The Denver Post, "Avoid the oven! Here are five recipes to make this week.," 27 July 2020 Line a 9x4 loaf pan with parchment paper, leaving an overhang on 2 sides. Dallas News, "Super sesame: 5 recipes for chicken wings, hummus, halva and even ice cream," 24 July 2020 No yeast bread has a different texture than a classic sourdough recipe or a springy sandwich loaf. The Good Housekeeping Test Kitchen, Good Housekeeping, "How to Make Homemade No Yeast Bread With Less Than 10 Ingredients," 8 June 2020 Your machine's instructions will give you the proportions for a basic loaf. Christopher Michel, Country Living, "How to Use Your Breadmaker to Get the Best Results," 6 Apr. 2020 To outsiders, Beach Bread could be anything from the sandwich slices packed in your cooler to a fresh loaf baked by a local seaside bakery. Maddy Zollo, Southern Living, "Everything You Need To Know About Florida’s Iconic Beach Bread," 10 July 2020 Someone shut off the Zoom call, setting the laptop beside a sourdough loaf rising on the counter. Jessica Contrera, Washington Post, "The lives upended around a $20 cheeseburger," 7 July 2020 Those who dabbled in bread-baking during quarantine already know that making a fresh loaf from scratch takes quite a bit of time and commitment. Isabelle Kagan, USA TODAY, "This best-selling Cuisinart bread maker is at an amazing low price today," 7 July 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb All ducks and geese have to have open water of some kind to roost and loaf on. Joe Genzel, Outdoor Life, "How to Hunt Ducks and Geese," 26 June 2020 This isn't a loafing turbo V-8 like in a Mercedes SUV, but a pure sports-car engine. John Pearley Huffman, Car and Driver, "The Great Compromise: McLaren 600LT vs. GT," 29 Apr. 2020 Nutria often use these as feeding, grooming, loafing, and sunning platforms. Gerry Bethge, Outdoor Life, "Hunting Nutria in the Louisiana Bayou," 21 Apr. 2020 Data from Google confirm that, as people around the world have spent more time loafing about at home, interest in DIY baking has been on the rise. The Economist, "Daily chart Home baking is on the rise, thanks to coronavirus lockdowns," 8 Apr. 2020 Deer spent a lot of time loafing there in January and February, and bucks dropped bone there. Mike Hanback, Outdoor Life, "18 Best Tips For Finding Your First Shed Antler," 24 Mar. 2020 As that sub-6000-rpm power peak implies, this is a car that likes to loaf along on turbo torque rather than race to redline. Ezra Dyer, Car and Driver, "2020 Mercedes-Benz CLA250 4Matic Earns its Star," 9 Mar. 2020 That is not to say that Bell, 27, has been loafing. Dave Caldwell, New York Times, "Le’Veon Bell’s Long-Awaited Return Will Have to Wait," 22 Aug. 2019 Geese will look for a loafing spot between 9 and 10 a.m., and that’s what these are doing. Phil Bourjaily, Field & Stream, "Tips for Turning Around a Late-Season Duck Hunt," 3 Dec. 2019

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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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Time Traveler for loaf

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The first known use of loaf was before the 12th century

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Last Updated

12 Aug 2020

Cite this Entry

“Loaf.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/loaf. Accessed 14 Aug. 2020.

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loaf

noun
How to pronounce loaf (audio)

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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