loaf

noun
\ ˈlōf How to pronounce loaf (audio) \
plural loaves\ ˈlōvz How to pronounce loaf (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 lieu of a sparkly crackle, the pale loaf of bread sat mute, impervious to his coaxing and squeezing. Vivian Song, CNN, 14 July 2021 After 5 minutes, remove the cooked loaf from the pan and transfer it to a cooling rack, allow to cool completely, then dive in. Karla Walsh, Better Homes & Gardens, 17 June 2021 Toss green beans, cherry tomatoes, and olives in a vinaigrette dressing and spread them over half the loaf. BostonGlobe.com, 1 June 2021 Transfer to a wire rack and let cool for 10 minutes, then turn the loaf out of the pan and let cool completely. Jessica Battilana, San Francisco Chronicle, 23 Apr. 2021 Like the bazaar in Tehran where hundreds of sweaty peasants fight over the last loaf of bread. Nicole Najafi, The New Yorker, 19 Mar. 2021 This leaves ample room for the loaf to rise, form, and crust. Daria Smith, Southern Living, 3 Mar. 2021 The former sign is best remembered for its giant rotating wheel of bread slices that fell from a fresh loaf. René A. Guzman, San Antonio Express-News, 29 June 2021 The shop also sells plain bread for 50 cents a loaf, which feels like a community service. BostonGlobe.com, 25 May 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb For many years remote work had something of a stigma associated with it, as managers believed that being out of sight would mean people would loaf off and productivity would fall. Adi Gaskell, Forbes, 31 May 2021 Chocolate malt ball loaf prep in honor of Father’s Day: 5 p.m. June 9. San Diego Union-Tribune, 6 Apr. 2021 Baking bread — like this sourdough loaf from Caroline Hargraves — was a popular during the pandemic. The Salt Lake Tribune, 12 Mar. 2021 After more than three decades of hard work as a big league umpire, Mike Winters is ready to loaf. Ben Walker, Star Tribune, 9 Feb. 2021 Instead of the traditional preparation, here the terrine (or loaf pan) is bagged and submerged in the sous vide tub for two hours at 149 degrees. Joe Ray, Wired, 7 Oct. 2020 Hens and drakes pair up and spread out, looking to feed, roost, and loaf in places where they won’t be disturbed by unpaired males. Joe Genzel, Outdoor Life, 28 Aug. 2020 Nobody at Success Academy is using the pandemic as an excuse to loaf. Kyle Smith, National Review, 24 Aug. 2020 All ducks and geese have to have open water of some kind to roost and loaf on. Joe Genzel, Outdoor Life, 26 June 2020

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

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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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