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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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Bread was always a prominent part of Automat’s pop-up offerings, especially the bread box deliveries Kirk implemented where customers could receive three different types of loaves for $35 via a delivery service. Justin Phillips, SFChronicle.com, "SF popup restaurant Automat announces permanent home, menu of breads and fried chicken," 9 Jan. 2020 And on a blustery evening last week, a recreation of those loaves graced a banquet at the Ashmolean Museum in Oxford, England, where the British chef Heston Blumenthal staged a meal inspired by the cuisine of Pompeii. Meara Sharma, New York Times, "How to Eat Dinner Like the Last Citizens of Pompeii," 24 Dec. 2019 The long blade with a series of sharp teeth excels at neatly cutting through the exterior of crusty loaves and gliding through soft ones without crushing them. Becky Krystal, Washington Post, "That serrated knife can do so much more than slice bread," 20 Dec. 2019 Before the lights were supposed to go out in the East Bay town of Moraga, cars queued up at gas stations and customers filled carts at the town's only supermarket with bags of ice, canned goods, loaves of bread, breakfast cereal and water. Brian Melley And Terence Chea, chicagotribune.com, "Lights out: Power cut in California to prevent deadly fires," 10 Oct. 2019 Before the lights were supposed to go out in the East Bay town of Moraga, cars queued up at gas stations and customers filled carts at the town’s only supermarket with bags of ice, canned goods, loaves of bread, breakfast cereal and water. Time, "More Than a Million People in California Plunged Into Darkness During Unprecedented Blackout," 10 Oct. 2019 Before the lights went out in the East Bay town of Moraga, cars were lined up at gas stations and customers filled carts at the town's only supermarket with bags of ice, canned goods, loaves of bread, breakfast cereal and water. CBS News, "Power cut to hundreds of thousands in California to prevent wildfires: "This is a last resort"," 9 Oct. 2019 Divide and brush the remaining 2 tablespoons ketchup on the tops of the loaves. 7. Los Angeles Times, "The best Emmy Awards party food? A homemade TV dinner, of course," 18 Sep. 2019 This can prevent doughs from rising properly and will leave baked loaves with an unpleasant taste. oregonlive, "Why didn’t my bread rise? 8 common baking mistakes that can cause homemade loaves to fall flat," 27 Dec. 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb 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 Such loafing on the job following the time change suggests that people are less productive when mildly sleep deprived due to the time change. The Conversation, oregonlive, "Daylight saving time: Judges give harsher sentences, worker injuries rise day after," 3 Nov. 2019 Such loafing on the job following the time change suggests that people are less productive when mildly sleep deprived due to the time change. The Conversation, oregonlive, "Daylight saving time: Judges give harsher sentences, worker injuries rise day after," 3 Nov. 2019 Such loafing on the job following the time change suggests that people are less productive when mildly sleep deprived due to the time change. The Conversation, oregonlive, "Daylight saving time: Judges give harsher sentences, worker injuries rise day after," 3 Nov. 2019 People feeling grateful are more likely to help others who request assistance, to divide their profits in a more egalitarian way, to be loyal even at cost to themselves, to be less materialistic, and even to exercise as opposed to loafing. David Desteno, Quartz, "How to turn fleeting joy into long-term happiness," 11 Oct. 2019 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

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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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Last Updated

17 Jan 2020

Cite this Entry

“Loaf.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/loaves. Accessed 19 January 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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