Main definitions of loaf in English

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loaf1

noun

  • 1A quantity of bread that is shaped and baked in one piece and usually sliced before being eaten.

    ‘a loaf of bread’
    ‘two loaves in the oven’
    • ‘There is nothing as simple as baking a loaf of bread or a cake.’
    • ‘We spotted this curry chicken baked in a loaf of bread at a neighbouring table.’
    • ‘You make it, I know now, from reading the cookbook, with a loaf of stale country bread soaked in cold water, basil, a couple of roasted red peppers, a red onion and two small cucumbers.’
    • ‘Oh, and would you be a dear and bake a loaf of bread for tonight?’
    • ‘Thus the outside of a loaf of bread is the crust or croûte.’
    • ‘I made a loaf of white soda bread and a batch of cheese scones for lunch on Saturday.’
    • ‘In one scene the actors actually baked a loaf of bread and shared it with the audience.’
    • ‘He picked lemon pepper tuna, peaches, and a loaf of white toast bread.’
    • ‘Baking a loaf of bread will change the way you think about food.’
    • ‘She took out a loaf of rye bread and a block of cheese wrapped in more paper.’
    • ‘I was making a stew which would hopefully last a few days and I'd also baked a loaf of bread earlier.’
    • ‘Her face is like the top slice of a loaf of bread which is 7 days stale’
    • ‘You can't really go wrong with a loaf of wholemeal organic bread, but as much as I love the UK I find it difficult to get remarkable fresh bread.’
    • ‘Poor wretch, the officers tell me that he was caught robbing a loaf of bread from the basket of a wealthy Lady who had bought it.’
    • ‘The play centres round the baking of a loaf of challah bread, made to her father's cherished recipe.’
    • ‘As the inside expands it cracks the outer shell, giving it the appearance of the crust of a loaf of bread.’
    • ‘Sooner rather than later, you really must bake a loaf of bread.’
    • ‘Then on Sunday I baked myself a loaf of bread - I used a mix of white and wholemeal flour to which I added a good handful of oats.’
    • ‘I had ended up with two large bottles of water, four Granny Smiths, a loaf of granary bread and a jar of lemon curd.’
    • ‘We suggest the Pale Ale and, if you're hungry, a loaf of bread and garlic butter.’
    1. 1.1 An item food formed into an oblong shape and sliced into portions.
      • ‘Not content to have a nice big dish of holiday mushroom ravioli or lentil loaf, vegetarians seem curiously afflicted with a desire to conform to the season.’
      • ‘Mixing meat with eggs and bread crumbs alone is simply hamburger loaf.’
      • ‘He would starve if I did not feed him bits of old olive loaf.’
      • ‘Garnished with fresh vegetables and a side of mashed potatoes, this loaf of pure C grade meat is the talk of the town.’
      • ‘She had her share of bad '70s health food - think soy loaf - but she was also exposed to a variety of foods at an early age.’

Phrases

  • half a loaf is better than none

    • proverb It is better to accept less than one wants or expects than to have nothing at all.

      • ‘As I've said, many people will not regard the recycling operation as the most ideal one for the ultra modern advance factory, but as the old saying goes, half a loaf is better than no bread.’
      • ‘This bill is like the old saying: half a loaf is better than no bread.’
      • ‘I said, ‘Well, half a loaf is better than no bread.’’
      • ‘The rules are clearly designed as an additional incentive on P to settle, and the more risk-averse he is, the more likely he is to say that half a loaf is better than no bread at all.’
      • ‘Still half a loaf is better than no bread, although it is important that the managerial commitment to address this particular situation in 2003 is honoured.’

Origin

Old English hlāf, of Germanic origin; related to German Laib.

Pronunciation

loaf

/lōf/

Main definitions of loaf in English

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loaf2

verb

[NO OBJECT]
  • Idle one's time away, typically by aimless wandering or loitering.

    ‘don't let him see you loafing around with your hands in your pockets’
    • ‘If you're looking for a travel destination with both historical locations and a chance to loaf on the beach, nothing beats Greece.’
    • ‘For guys who drank and loafed their way through college, he's a familiar figure.’
    • ‘His critics in Washington said he's loafing, he is abandoning the office, and they took advantage of it and started to take over the functions of government because the president was gone.’
    • ‘If just one player was caught loafing, the entire unit had to do it all over again.’
    • ‘Can Ed himself do nothing but play with a ball as he loafs at his desk?’
    • ‘Any team that loafs - or celebrates - the tiniest bit runs the risk of giving away points.’
    • ‘From loafing on the beach to snorkeling and jet skiing, your beach needs will be satisfied.’
    • ‘After all, writing laws is what a Legislature does, and if they don't write enough laws, it can begin to look like they've been loafing.’
    • ‘Wouldn't you rather have her issue arrive in your mailbox as opposed to loafing around bodegas and drugstores for hours until you build up the courage to buy it?’
    • ‘By the 1820s, though, the adjective also conjured nonathletic activities such as gambling, drinking, whoring, fire fighting, or simply loafing.’
    • ‘There were three leaders just loafing around the clubhouse turn.’
    • ‘During the day, you can loaf on the beach or head out for some diving in the clear waters of the Caribbean.’
    • ‘It's fun to use Things you've made yourself, and puttering in the garage sure beats loafing in front of the television.’
    • ‘The idea came about while I was loafing around on my Christmas vacation.’
    • ‘I was loafing in Nice for a few days and decided to join two travelers for a day trip to Monte Carlo.’
    • ‘Near the toe of the glacier a party of three guys were loafing around their tent.’
    • ‘And it was particularly galling to hear this lazy, self-congratulatory blather from kids loafing their way through college and grad school on their parents' dime.’
    • ‘To protect my investment while loafing in the outback, I demand the very best leather gear available.’
    • ‘We'll go frogging, fishing, exploring, botanizing, and even loafing.’
    • ‘She'd feel secure again after loafing in the guidance office for a period or two.’
    laze, lounge, loll
    do nothing, take things easy, idle, be idle, shirk one's duties
    waste time, fritter away time, kill time, while away the time, twiddle one's thumbs, sit on one's hands, dawdle, dally
    hang around, hang round, skive
    hang about, mooch about, mooch around
    bum around
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Origin

Mid 19th century: probably a back-formation from loafer.

Pronunciation

loaf

/lōf/