loaf (plural loaves)
- (also loaf of bread) A block of bread after baking.
1913, Joseph C. Lincoln, chapter 8, in Mr. Pratt's Patients:
- Philander went into the next room […] and came back with a salt mackerel that dripped brine like a rainstorm. Then he put the coffee pot on the stove and rummaged out a loaf of dry bread and some hardtack.
- Any solid block of food, such as meat or sugar.
- (Can we find and add a quotation of Francis Bacon to this entry?)
- (Cockney rhyming slang) Shortened from "loaf of bread", the brain or the head (mainly in the phrase use one's loaf).
1960, P[elham] G[renville] Wodehouse, “chapter VIII and XII”, in Jeeves in the Offing, London: Herbert Jenkins, OCLC 1227855:
- It is frequently said of Bertram Wooster that he is a man who can think on his feet, and if the necessity arises he can also use his loaf when on all fours. [...] “Why didn't the idiot tell her not to open it?” “It was his first move. ‘I've found a letter from you here, precious,’ she said. ‘On no account open it, angel,’ he said. So of course she opened it.” She pursed the lips, nodded the loaf, and ate a moody piece of crumpet. “So that's why he's been going about looking like a dead fish.”
- A solid block of soap, from which standard bars are cut.
- (soap) Miller, J.L. "Customers believe in downstate Soap Fairy", The News Journal, B10, January 10, 2006.
block of bread
- Mandarin: 一條麵包, 一条面包 (yī tiáo miànbāo)
- Czech: bochník (cs) m, pecen m
- Dutch: brood (nl) m
- Finnish: leipä (fi), limppu (fi)
- French: baguette (fr) f, miche (fr) f
- Georgian: ბატონი (baṭoni)
- German: Laib (de) m, Laib Brot m, Brot (de) n
- Greek: καρβέλι (el) n (karvéli), φρατζόλα f (fratzóla)
- Hebrew: כיכר (kikár)
- Hungarian: vekni (hu)
- Icelandic: hleifur m, brauð (is) n
- Irish: bairín m, bollóg f, builín m
- Italian: pagnotta (it) f, pan carrè m, pane in cassetta m
- Japanese: パン一塊 (pan ikkan), パン一斤 (pan ikkin)
- Latin: pānis (la) m
- Latvian: kukulis, klaips (lv) m
- Macedonian: векна f (vékna), сомун m (sómun)
- Maori: rohi
- Old Church Slavonic: хлѣбъ m (xlěbŭ)
- Polish: bochenek (pl) m, bochen (pl) m
- Portuguese: pão (pt) m
- Romanian: pâine (ro) f
- Russian: буха́нка (ru) f (buxánka), бу́лка (ru) f (búlka), бато́н (ru) m (batón)
- Scottish Gaelic: lof m
- Roman: vekna (sh), veknica (sh), hlȅb (sh) m, hljȅb (sh) m, štrȕca (sh) f
- Slovene: hleb m, hlebec m, štruca f
- Spanish: pan (es) m
- Swahili: mkate (sw) class 3/4
- Swedish: limpa (sv) c
- Taos: p’ȍkúna
- Welsh: torth (cy) f
- Yiddish: לעבל n (lebl), לאַבן m (labn)
Probably a back-formation from loafer.
loaf (third-person singular simple present loafs, present participle loafing, simple past and past participle loafed)
- (intransitive) To do nothing, to be idle.
- loaf about, loaf around.
- 2015, Elizabeth Royte, Vultures Are Revolting. Here’s Why We Need to Save Them., National Geographic (December 2015)
- They don’t (often) kill other animals, they probably form monogamous pairs, and we know they share parental care of chicks, and loaf and bathe in large, congenial groups.
- (Cockney rhyming slang) To headbutt, (from loaf of bread)