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Definitions of loaf

loaf1 (ləʊf Pronunciation for loaf1



Word forms:   plural loaves  (ləʊvz Pronunciation for
  1. a shaped mass of baked bread
  2. any shaped or moulded mass of food, such as cooked meat
  3. (slang) the head; sense   ⇒ use your loaf!

Word Origin

Old English hlāf; related to Old High German hleib bread, Old Norse hleifr, Latin libum cake


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= lump, block, cake, cube, slab
= head, mind, sense, common sense, block, nous, chump, gumption, noddle

loaf2 (ləʊf Pronunciation for loaf2



  1. (intransitive) to loiter or lounge around in an idle way
  2. (transitive) foll by away to spend (time) idly   ⇒ he loafed away his life

Word Origin

C19: perhaps back formation from loafer


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= idle, hang around, take it easy, lie around, loiter, loll, laze, lounge around, doss, veg out, be indolent
= fritter away, waste time, while away, kill time, pass time

Translations for 'loaf'

  • British English: loafPronunciation for loaf A loaf of bread is bread in a shape that can be cut into slices.ləʊf NOUN
  • Arabic: رَغِيْفٌPronunciation for رَغِيْفٌ
  • Brazilian Portuguese: pão de formaPronunciation for pão de forma
  • Chinese: 一条面包Pronunciation for 一条面包
  • Croatian: štrucaPronunciation for štruca
  • Czech: bochníkPronunciation for bochník
  • Danish: brødPronunciation for brød
  • Dutch: broodPronunciation for brood
  • European Spanish: hogaza de panPronunciation for hogaza de pan
  • Finnish: leipäPronunciation for leipä
  • French: painPronunciation for pain
  • German: LaibPronunciation for Laib
  • Greek: φραντζόλαPronunciation for φραντζόλα
  • Italian: pagnottaPronunciation for pagnotta
  • Japanese: パンのひと塊Pronunciation for パンのひと塊
  • Korean: 덩어리Pronunciation for 덩어리
  • Norwegian: brødPronunciation for brød
  • Polish: bochenekPronunciation for bochenek
  • Portuguese: pão de formaPronunciation for pão de forma
  • Romanian: franzelă franzele
  • Russian: буханкаPronunciation for буханка
  • Spanish: barra de panPronunciation for barra de pan
  • Swedish: limpaPronunciation for limpa
  • Thai: ก้อนขนมปังPronunciation for ก้อนขนมปัง
  • Turkish: somunPronunciation for somun somunlarekmek
  • Ukrainian: паляниця
  • Vietnamese: Pronunciation for ổ

Example Sentences Including 'loaf'

A clay cup with a broken handle followed, and after that a loaf of brown bread, reasonably fresh.
Kerr, Katharine A Time of War
Even the very air she breathed had the smooth texture of a rich white loaf.
Heller, Keith Man's Loving Family
A waitress, small and pale with a spotty face, hurried by, her tray piled high with teacakes and currant loaf.
Haines, Pamela The Golden Lion


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