A loaf is a delicious mass of bread. The kitchen smells great — it must be time to pull that loaf of sourdough out of the oven!

If you're a lazy lover of baked goods, your dream vacation might look like this: the chance to loaf around eating one fresh-baked loaf of bread after another. The verb loaf means "laze around doing nothing," but its origin remains a mystery to word experts — although you might look like a bit like a loaf of bread you loaf on the sofa covered in blankets.

Definitions of loaf
  1. noun
    a shaped mass of baked bread that is usually sliced before eating
    synonyms: loaf of bread
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    French loaf
    a loaf of French bread
    meat loaf, meatloaf
    a baked loaf of ground meat
    fish loaf
    flaked fish baked in a loaf with bread crumbs and various seasonings
    type of:
    bread, breadstuff, staff of life
    food made from dough of flour or meal and usually raised with yeast or baking powder and then baked
  2. noun
    a quantity of food (other than bread) formed in a particular shape
    “meat loaf
    “sugar loaf
    “a loaf of cheese”
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    loaf sugar, sugar loaf, sugarloaf
    a large conical loaf of concentrated refined sugar
    pound cake
    rich loaf cake made of a pound each of butter and sugar and flour
    heart and liver and other edible viscera especially of hogs; usually chopped and formed into a loaf and braised
    sausage or jellied loaf made of chopped parts of the head meat and sometimes feet and tongue of a calf or pig
    lunch meat, luncheon meat
    any of various sausages or molded loaf meats sliced and served cold
    scraps of meat (usually pork) boiled with cornmeal and shaped into loaves for slicing and frying
    type of:
    food, solid food
    any solid substance (as opposed to liquid) that is used as a source of nourishment
  3. verb
    be lazy or idle
    synonyms: bum, bum about, bum around, frig around, loll, loll around, lounge about, lounge around, waste one's time
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    type of:
    idle, laze, slug, stagnate
    be idle; exist in a changeless situation
  4. verb
    be about
    synonyms: footle, hang around, lallygag, linger, loiter, lollygag, lounge, lurk, mess about, mill about, mill around, tarry
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    lurch, prowl
    loiter about, with no apparent aim
    type of:
    have the quality of being; (copula, used with an adjective or a predicate noun)
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