loaf

  • 1 loaf — Ⅰ. loaf [1] ► NOUN (pl. loaves) ▪ a quantity of bread that is shaped and baked in one piece. ● half a loaf is better than no bread Cf. ↑half a loaf is better than no bread ● use one s loaf Cf. ↑ …

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  • 2 Loaf — Loaf, n.; pl. {Loaves}. [OE. lof, laf, AS. hl[=a]f; akin to G. laib, OHG. hleip, Icel. hleifr, Goth. hlaifs, Russ. khlieb , Lith. kl[ e]pas. Cf. {Lady}, {Lammas}, {Lord}.] Any thick lump, mass, or cake; especially, a large regularly shaped or… …

    The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • 3 loaf — loaf; loaf·er·ish; loaf·ing·ly; loaf·er; …

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  • 4 Loaf — Loaf, v. t. To spend in idleness; with away; as, to loaf time away. [1913 Webster] …

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  • 5 loaf — loaf1 [lōf] n. pl. loaves [lōvz] [ME lof < OE hlaf, akin to Ger laib, OHG hlaib, ON hleifr, Goth hlaifs] 1. a portion of bread baked in one piece, commonly of oblong shape and in a size convenient for table use 2. any mass of food shaped… …

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  • 6 Loaf — Loaf, v. i. [imp. & p. p. {Loafed}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Loafing}.] [G. laufen to run, Prov. G. loofen. See {Leap}.] To spend time in idleness; to lounge or loiter about. Loafing vagabonds. W. Black. [1913 Webster] …

    The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • 7 loaf — [n] block of something bun, cake, cube, dough, lump, mass, pastry, roll, slab, twist; concepts 436,457,460,461 loaf [v] be idle, lazy be inactive, be indolent, be slothful, be unoccupied, bum*, bum around*, dally, dillydally*, dream, drift, evade …

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  • 8 loaf — index procrastinate Burton s Legal Thesaurus. William C. Burton. 2006 …

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  • 9 loaf — vb *idle, lounge, loll, laze Analogous words: rest, repose, relax (see corresponding nouns at REST): *saunter, stroll, amble Contrasted words: work, labor, toil, travail (see corresponding nouns at WORK) …

    New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • 10 loaf — The plural form of the noun is loaves; the third person singular of the verb is loafs …

    Modern English usage

  • 11 loaf|er — «LOH fuhr», noun. 1. a person who loafs; idler. 2. a) a shoe resembling a moccasin, but with sole and heel stitched to the upper. b) Loafer, a trademark for such a shoe …

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  • 12 loaf — Ⅰ. loaf1 (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.] Word History: Loaf, lord, and …

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  • 13 loaf — I UK [ləʊf] / US [loʊf] noun [countable] Word forms loaf : singular loaf plural loaves UK [ləʊvz] / US [loʊvz] * bread in a long, round, or square shape that you cut into slices (= thin flat pieces) for eating. A sliced loaf has been cut into… …

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  • 14 loaf — loaf1 [ləuf US louf] n plural loaves [ləuvz US louvz] [: Old English; Origin: hlaf] 1.) bread that is shaped and baked in one piece and can be cut into ↑slice s ▪ a loaf of bread white/wholemeal/granary etc loaf BrE a sliced loaf …

    Dictionary of contemporary English

  • 15 loaf — English has two words loaf. By far the older is ‘portion of bread’ [OE], which goes back to a prehistoric Germanic *khlaibaz. This also produced German laib and Danish lev ‘loaf’, and was borrowed, originally into Gothic, from an Old Slavic chleb …

    The Hutchinson dictionary of word origins

  • 16 loaf — English has two words loaf. By far the older is ‘portion of bread’ [OE], which goes back to a prehistoric Germanic *khlaibaz. This also produced German laib and Danish lev ‘loaf’, and was borrowed, originally into Gothic, from an Old Slavic chleb …

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  • 17 Loaf — A loaf is a shaped, usually rounded or oblong, mass of food. It may refer to a bread or other moulded foods, such as meatloaf. [American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 4th ed, 2003.] The term loaf sometimes refers to head from the… …

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  • 18 loaf — I. /loʊf / (say lohf) noun (plural loaves /loʊvz / (say lohvz)) 1. a portion of bread or cake baked in a mass of definite form. 2. a shaped or moulded mass of food, as of sugar, chopped meat, etc.: a veal loaf. {Middle English lo(o)f, Old English …

    Australian English dictionary

  • 19 loaf — {{11}}loaf (n.) late 13c., from O.E. hlaf portion of bread baked in a mass of definite form, from P.Gmc. *khlaibuz (Cf. O.N. hleifr, Swed. lev, O.Fris. hlef, O.H.G. hleib, Ger. Laib, Goth. hlaifs bread, loaf ), of uncertain origin, perhaps… …

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  • 20 loaf — [[t]lo͟ʊf[/t]] loaves, loafs, loafing, loafed (The plural form of the noun is loaves. Loafs is the third person singular present tense of the verb.) 1) N COUNT: oft N of n A loaf of bread is bread which has been shaped and baked in one piece. It… …

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