AskDefine | Define loaf

Dictionary Definition

loaf n : a shaped mass of baked bread [syn: loaf of bread]


1 be lazy or idle; "Her son is just bumming around all day" [syn: bum, bum around, bum about, arse around, arse about, fuck off, frig around, waste one's time, lounge around, loll, loll around, lounge about]
2 be about; "The high school students like to loiter in the Central Square"; "Who is this man that is hanging around the department?" [syn: loiter, lounge, footle, lollygag, lallygag, hang around, mess about, tarry, linger, lurk, mill about, mill around] [also: loaves (pl)]

User Contributed Dictionary



Etymology 1

From hlaf.


  1. (also loaf of bread) A block of bread after baking.
  2. Any solid block of food, such as meat.
  3. Shortened from "loaf of bread", the head (mainly in the phrase use one's loaf).
  4. 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
block of food
head (slang)
large block of soap
Derived terms

Etymology 2

Probably a


  1. To do nothing, to be idle.
    loaf about, loaf around
do nothing

Extensive Definition

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.
The term "loaf" sometimes refers to "head" from the rhyming slang "loaf of bread" (as in "use your loaf" instead of "use your head").


Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

Communion, Eucharist, Holy Communion, Host, Last Supper, Sacrament Sunday, altar bread, batch, bean, block, brains, bread, bread and wine, brick, bulk, bum, bum around, cake, chump, chunk, clod, clump, consecrated bread, consecrated elements, consubstantiation, cube, do nothing, elements, fritter away, gob, goldbrick, goof off, hang around, head, hunk, idle, idle away, impanation, intinction, lallygag, laze, lazy, lie around, loiter, loiter about, loll, loll around, lollop around, lollygag, lounge, lounge around, lump, mass, mooch around, moon, moon around, noddle, noggin, noodle, nugget, pat, quantity, real presence, sense, sit around, skive, slouch, slouch around, stand around, subpanation, take it easy, the Holy Sacrament, the Sacrament, transubstantiation, vegetate, wad, wafer, waste
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