from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A shaped mass of bread baked in one piece.
  • n. A shaped, usually rounded or oblong, mass of food: veal loaf.
  • intransitive v. To pass time at leisure; idle.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A block of bread after baking.
  • n. Any solid block of food, such as meat.
  • n. Shortened from "loaf of bread", the brain or the head (mainly in the phrase use one's loaf).
  • n. A solid block of soap, from which standard bars are cut.
  • v. To do nothing, to be idle.
  • v. To headbutt, (from loaf of bread)

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. Any thick lump, mass, or cake; especially, a large regularly shaped or molded mass, as of bread, sugar, or cake.
  • intransitive v. To spend time in idleness; to lounge or loiter about.
  • transitive v. To spend in idleness; -- with away.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To idle away one's time; lounge; dawdle; play the vagabond; stroll idly and without purpose.
  • To pass or spend in idleness, as time; spend lazily; dawdle: with away: as, to loaf away whole days.
  • n. A portion of bread baked in one lump or mass; a regularly shaped or molded mass of bread; hence, any shaped or molded mass of cake, sugar, or the like.
  • n. In the medieval ch. in England, the blessed bread; a eulogia.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a quantity of food (other than bread) formed in a particular shape
  • n. a shaped mass of baked bread that is usually sliced before eating
  • v. be about
  • v. be lazy or idle


Middle English lof, from Old English hlāf.
Probably back-formation from loafer.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Middle English lof, laf, from Old English hlāf ("loaf, cake, bread, food, sacramental bread"), from Proto-Germanic *hlaibaz (“bread, loaf”), of uncertain origin. Perhaps related to Old English hlīfan ("to stand out prominently, tower up"). Cognate with Scots laif ("loaf"), German Laib ("loaf"), Swedish lev ("loaf"), Russian хлеб (hleb, "bread, loaf"). (Wiktionary)
Probably a back-formation from loafer. (Wiktionary)



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  • As cockney slang: "Use your loaf and think next time".

    loaf (of bread) = head

    August 16, 2009

  • Indeed. Nice to know a fellow bread freak. :-)

    May 13, 2008

  • rt: It's exquisite to bite into the rounded end of a fresh, unsliced loaf.

    May 13, 2008

  • I am fond.

    May 13, 2008

  • I am fond of the first WeirdNET definition, though I sometimes don't slice before eating.

    May 13, 2008

  • I am fond of the second-to-last WeirdNET definition.

    May 13, 2008

  • I am fond of the verb, to stand around idly.

    November 22, 2007