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 Line an 8 × 4-inch loaf pan with parchment paper, letting the paper hang over the sides for easy removal. Meggen Taylor, Forbes, "Paleo Baking Company, Sweet Laurel’s Founders Share Their Journey From Bakeshop To Cookbooks To Consumer Packaged Goods (With Recipes)," 6 May 2021 To shape a loaf, turn bread dough out onto a pastry mat and press it out. Southern Living Editors, Southern Living, "The Best Way to Shape Rolls and Loaves," 23 Mar. 2021 This loaf made with white whole-wheat flour is milder and lighter in color than bread made with traditional whole-wheat. Washington Post, "Bake bread this weekend and enjoy sandwiches all week with these 6 recipes," 24 Apr. 2021 Nearly 2,000 pieces – each a coral colony, also called a coral head, and varying in size from a fist to a bread loaf – have been distributed for long-term care. Kevin Spear, orlandosentinel.com, "Orlando sanctuary nurses largest cluster of Florida corals rescued from a devastating disease," 15 Apr. 2021 Full of chile, garlic, scallions and tangy, spicy funk, this unusual loaf is worth a drive to Universal City. San Antonio Express-News, "Express Briefing: Migrant kids arrive at Freeman Coliseum, massive Texas dinosaur and more," 31 Mar. 2021 Preheat the oven to 350 F. Grease two 9 by 5-inch loaf pans with the remaining oil, using 1 tablespoon for each pan. Dallas News, "3 essential recipes from Jake Cohen’s new ‘Jew-ish’ cookbook," 5 Mar. 2021 Now, scientists are beginning to understand the identities and activities of the microbes in sourdough that are key to making a delicious loaf. ABC News, "Fantastic yeasts and where to find them: The science behind sourdough starters," 4 Apr. 2021 The bread is black because it’s made with active charcoal; a small loaf comes with butter lightened with orange zest. Washington Post, "A Potomac view meets polished cooking at Ada’s on the River in Alexandria," 26 Mar. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Chocolate malt ball loaf prep in honor of Father’s Day: 5 p.m. June 9. San Diego Union-Tribune, "The Dish: North Park’s Nomad Donuts revamps its menu to offer full breakfast," 6 Apr. 2021 Baking bread — like this sourdough loaf from Caroline Hargraves — was a popular during the pandemic. The Salt Lake Tribune, "Here are 7 eating, dining and grocery shopping trends that will stick after the pandemic," 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, "Call it a career: MLB ump Winters opted out in '20, now done," 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, "To Master Sous Vide, You Just Need a Good Cookbook," 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, "Why Don’t We Hunt Ducks in the Spring?," 28 Aug. 2020 Nobody at Success Academy is using the pandemic as an excuse to loaf. Kyle Smith, National Review, "Teachers’ Unions vs. the Poor," 24 Aug. 2020 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

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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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9 May 2021

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“Loaf.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/loaf. Accessed 13 May. 2021.

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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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