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loaf 1

 (lōf)
n. pl. loaves (lōvz)
1. A shaped mass of bread baked in one piece.
2. A shaped, usually rounded or oblong, mass of food: veal loaf.

[Middle English lof, from Old English hlāf, from Proto-Germanic *hlaibaz, perhaps from the same European substrate source as Greek klībanos, krībanos, earthen vessel for baking, tandoor.]
Word History: Loaf, lord, and lady are closely related words that testify to bread's fundamental importance in the Middle Ages. Curiously, though bread was a staple food in many Indo-European cultures, loaf and its cognates occur only in the Germanic languages, and lord and lady only in English. Loaf derives from Old English hlāf, "bread, loaf of bread," related to Gothic hlaifs, Old Norse hleifr, and Modern German Laib, all of which mean "loaf of bread." Hlāf survives in Lammas, originally Hlāfmaesse, "Loaf-Mass," the Christian Feast of the First Fruits, traditionally celebrated on August 1. Lord comes from Old English hlāford, a compound meaning "loaf-ward, keeper of bread," because a lord maintains and feeds his household and offers hospitality. Similarly, lady derives from Old English hlǣfdige, which became lady by 1382. The -dige comes from dæge, "kneader," and is related to our dough. A lady, therefore, is "a kneader of bread, a breadmaker." Lord and lady both retain vestiges of their original meanings, although England's aristocrats have not been elbow deep in flour, let alone dough, for several centuries.

loaf 2

 (lōf)
intr.v. loafed, loaf·ing, loafs
To pass time at leisure; idle.

[Probably back-formation from loafer.]

loaf

(ləʊf)
n, pl loaves (ləʊvz)
1. (Cookery) a shaped mass of baked bread
2. (Cookery) any shaped or moulded mass of food, such as cooked meat
3. slang the head; sense: use your loaf!.
[Old English hlāf; related to Old High German hleib bread, Old Norse hleifr, Latin libum cake]

loaf

(ləʊf)
vb
1. (intr) to loiter or lounge around in an idle way
2. (foll by: away) to spend (time) idly: he loafed away his life.
[C19: perhaps back formation from loafer]

loaf1

(loʊf)

n., pl. loaves (lōvz).
1. a portion of bread or cake usu. baked in an oblong mass with a rounded top.
2. a shaped or molded mass of food, as of chopped meat: a veal loaf.
[before 950; Middle English lo(o)f, Old English hlāf loaf, bread, c. Old High German leip, Old Norse hleifr, Gothic hlaifs]

loaf2

(loʊf)
v.i.
1. to idle away time.
2. to lounge or saunter lazily and idly.
v.t.
3. to pass idly (usu. fol. by away): to loaf one's life away.
[1825–35, back formation from loafer]

loaf

  • bread bag - A plastic wrapper in which a loaf of bread is sold, intended to keep the bread fresh for longer than it would be if unwrapped.
  • loaf - A head on a cabbage.
  • bread - In Old English, it meant "piece, morsel," while actual bread was known as "loaf."
  • crumb - The soft inner part of a bread roll, slice, or loaf.

loaf


Past participle: loafed
Gerund: loafing

Imperative
loaf
loaf
Present
I loaf
you loaf
he/she/it loafs
we loaf
you loaf
they loaf
Preterite
I loafed
you loafed
he/she/it loafed
we loafed
you loafed
they loafed
Present Continuous
I am loafing
you are loafing
he/she/it is loafing
we are loafing
you are loafing
they are loafing
Present Perfect
I have loafed
you have loafed
he/she/it has loafed
we have loafed
you have loafed
they have loafed
Past Continuous
I was loafing
you were loafing
he/she/it was loafing
we were loafing
you were loafing
they were loafing
Past Perfect
I had loafed
you had loafed
he/she/it had loafed
we had loafed
you had loafed
they had loafed
Future
I will loaf
you will loaf
he/she/it will loaf
we will loaf
you will loaf
they will loaf
Future Perfect
I will have loafed
you will have loafed
he/she/it will have loafed
we will have loafed
you will have loafed
they will have loafed
Future Continuous
I will be loafing
you will be loafing
he/she/it will be loafing
we will be loafing
you will be loafing
they will be loafing
Present Perfect Continuous
I have been loafing
you have been loafing
he/she/it has been loafing
we have been loafing
you have been loafing
they have been loafing
Future Perfect Continuous
I will have been loafing
you will have been loafing
he/she/it will have been loafing
we will have been loafing
you will have been loafing
they will have been loafing
Past Perfect Continuous
I had been loafing
you had been loafing
he/she/it had been loafing
we had been loafing
you had been loafing
they had been loafing
Conditional
I would loaf
you would loaf
he/she/it would loaf
we would loaf
you would loaf
they would loaf
Past Conditional
I would have loafed
you would have loafed
he/she/it would have loafed
we would have loafed
you would have loafed
they would have loafed
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.loaf - a shaped mass of baked bread that is usually sliced before eatingloaf - a shaped mass of baked bread that is usually sliced before eating
bread, breadstuff, staff of life - food made from dough of flour or meal and usually raised with yeast or baking powder and then baked
heel - one of the crusty ends of a loaf of bread
French loaf - a loaf of French bread
meat loaf, meatloaf - a baked loaf of ground meat
2.loaf - a quantity of food (other than bread) formed in a particular shape; "meat loaf"; "sugar loaf"; "a loaf of cheese"
solid food, food - any solid substance (as opposed to liquid) that is used as a source of nourishment; "food and drink"
loaf sugar, sugar loaf, sugarloaf - a large conical loaf of concentrated refined sugar
pound cake - rich loaf cake made of a pound each of butter and sugar and flour
haslet - heart and liver and other edible viscera especially of hogs; usually chopped and formed into a loaf and braised
headcheese - sausage or jellied loaf made of chopped parts of the head meat and sometimes feet and tongue of a calf or pig
lunch meat, luncheon meat - any of various sausages or molded loaf meats sliced and served cold
scrapple - scraps of meat (usually pork) boiled with cornmeal and shaped into loaves for slicing and frying
Verb1.loaf - be lazy or idleloaf - be lazy or idle; "Her son is just bumming around all day"
laze, slug, idle, stagnate - be idle; exist in a changeless situation; "The old man sat and stagnated on his porch"; "He slugged in bed all morning"
2.loaf - be aboutloaf - be about; "The high school students like to loiter in the Central Square"; "Who is this man that is hanging around the department?"
be - have the quality of being; (copula, used with an adjective or a predicate noun); "John is rich"; "This is not a good answer"
prowl, lurch - loiter about, with no apparent aim

loaf

1
noun
1. lump, block, cake, cube, slab a loaf of crusty bread
2. (Slang) head, mind, sense, common sense, block (informal), nous (Brit. slang), chump (Brit. slang), gumption (Brit. informal), noddle (informal, chiefly Brit.) You've got to use your loaf in this game.

loaf

2
verb idle, hang around, take it easy, lie around, loiter, loll, laze, lounge around, doss (Brit. slang), veg out (slang, chiefly U.S.), be indolent She studied, and I just loafed around.

loaf

verb
To pass time without working or in avoiding work:
bum (around), idle, laze, loiter, lounge, shirk.
Slang: diddle, goldbrick, goof (off).
Translations
bochníkpecenpotloukat sezahálet
brøddrive
leipä
štrucahljeb
brauðbrauîhleifurhleifurslæpast, slóra
パンのひと塊
덩어리
klaiņotklaipsklīstkukulisslaistīties
bochník
hlebec
limpa
ก้อนขนมปัง
aylaklık etmekekmeksomun

loaf

1 [ləʊf]
A. N (loaves (pl))
1. [of bread] (unsliced) → pan m de molde; (sliced) → pan m de molde (en rebanadas); (= French bread) → barra f
use your loaf! (Brit) → ¡espabílate!
half a loaf is better than no breadmenos da una piedra, peor es nada RHYMING SLANG
2. [of sugar] → pan m, pilón m
B. CPD loaf sugar Npan m de azúcar
loaf tin Nbandeja f de horno

loaf

2 [ləʊf] VI (also loaf about, loaf around) → holgazanear, flojear (LAm)

loaf

[ˈləʊf] [loaves] (pl) n
[bread] → pain m, miche f
a loaf of bread → un pain
(British) (= head) use your loaf! → sers-toi de ta tête!
loaf about
loaf around vifainéanter, traîner

loaf

n pl <loaves> → Brot nt; (unsliced) → (Brot)laib m; (= meat loaf)Hackbraten m; a loaf of breadein (Laib) Brot; a small white loafein kleines Weißbrot; half a loaf is better than none or than no bread (Prov) → (wenig ist) besser als gar nichts; use your loaf! (inf)streng deinen Grips an (inf)

loaf

1 [ləʊf] n (loaves (pl)) → pagnotta, pane m
half a loaf is better than no bread (Proverb) → meglio poco che niente

loaf

2 [ləʊf] vi (also loaf about, loaf around) → oziare, bighellonare

loaf1

(ləuf) plural loaves (louvz) noun
a shaped mass of bread. a sliced loaf.

loaf2

(ləuf) verb
(with about or around) to pass time without doing anything in particular. They were loafing about (the street).
ˈloafer noun
an idle loafer.

loaf

رَغِيْفٌ bochník brød Laib φραντζόλα barra de pan, hogaza de pan leipä pain štruca pagnotta パンのひと塊 덩어리 brood brød bochenek pão de forma буханка limpa ก้อนขนมปัง somun 一条面包
References in classic literature ?
He began to think of the time, long ago when he was a young fellow living with his father, then a baker in Winesburg, and how on such days he had wandered away into the woods to gather nuts, hunt rabbits, or just to loaf about and smoke his pipe.
But there was a cloth spread upon the table that stood against the wall, and a cover was laid for one, with a crusty brown loaf and a bottle of wine beside the plate.
Your loaf will never rise, no more than mine will to-day.
And so they would have to loaf around, in a place where the thermometer might be twenty degrees below zero
That's right," says Eliza, as she begins to cut a loaf of bread.
A big double loaf come along, and I most got it with a long stick, but my foot slipped and she floated out further.
The brown loaf was out, the white loaf was out, the toast rack was out, the doughnuts were out, the milk was skimmed, the butter had been brought from the dairy.
I imagine he did not think I was a beggar, but only an eccentric sort of lady, who had taken a fancy to his brown loaf.
When tha' goes to 'em in th' mornin's tha' shall take a pail o' good new milk an' I'll bake 'em a crusty cottage loaf or some buns wi' currants in 'em, same as you children like.
Accordingly we looked in at a baker's window, and after I had made a series of proposals to buy everything that was bilious in the shop, and he had rejected them one by one, we decided in favour of a nice little loaf of brown bread, which cost me threepence.
First, with her left hand she jammed the loaf hard and fast against her bib - where it sometimes got a pin into it, and sometimes a needle, which we afterwards got into our mouths.
Not so, father Cedric,'' said Athelstane, grasping his hand, for, when roused to think or act, his deeds and sentiments were not unbecoming his high race ``Not so,'' he continued; ``I would rather remain in this hall a week without food save the prisoner's stinted loaf, or drink save the prisoner's measure of water, than embrace the opportunity to escape which the slave's untaught kindness has purveyed for his master.