A loaf of home made bread.
- The definition of a loaf is an oblong shaped mass of baked food, such as bread or meat.
An example of a loaf is a package of sliced bread.
- Loaf is defined as to lounge around.
An example of loaf is spending a Saturday afternoon laying on the couch.
- a portion of bread baked in one piece, commonly of oblong shape and in a size convenient for table use
- any mass of food shaped somewhat like a loaf of bread and baked: meatloaf
- lump ()
- Brit., Slang head or brain
Origin of loafMiddle English lof ; from Old English hlaf, akin to German laib, Old High German hlaib, Old Norse hleifr, Gothic hlaifs
Origin of loafprobably back-formation ; from loafer
intransitive verbloafed, loaf·ing, loafs
Origin of loafProbably back-formation from loafer.
- A shaped mass of bread baked in one piece.
- A shaped, usually rounded or oblong, mass of food: veal loaf.
Origin of loafMiddle English lof, from Old English hl&amacron;f. 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 hl&amacron;f, “bread, loaf of bread,” related to Gothic hlaifs, Old Norse hleifr, and Modern German Laib, all of which mean “loaf of bread.” Hl&amacron;f survives in Lammas, originally Hl&amacron;fmaesse, “Loaf-Mass,” the Christian Feast of the First Fruits, traditionally celebrated on August 1. Lord comes from Old English hl&amacron;ford, 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 hl&aemac;fdige, 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.
From Middle English lof, laf, from Old English hlÄf (“loaf, cake, bread, food, sacramental bread"), from Proto-Germanic *hlaibaz (“bread, loaf"), of uncertain origin. Perhaps related to Old English hlÄ«fan (“to stand out prominently, tower up"). Cognate with Scots laif (“loaf"), German Laib (“loaf"), Swedish lev (“loaf"), Russian Ñ…Ð»ÐµÐ± (hleb, “bread, loaf").
(third-person singular simple present loafs, present participle loafing, simple past and past participle loafed)
Probably a back-formation from loafer.