noun (plural loaves /ləʊvz/)
- 1A quantity of bread that is shaped and baked in one piece and usually sliced before being eaten: a loaf of bread a granary loafMore example sentences
- Sooner rather than later, you really must bake a loaf of bread.
- There is nothing as simple as baking a loaf of bread or a cake.
- We spotted this curry chicken baked in a loaf of bread at a neighbouring table.
- 1.1An item of food formed into an oblong shape and sliced into portions.More example sentences
- She had her share of bad '70s health food - think soy loaf - but she was also exposed to a variety of foods at an early age.
- Not content to have a nice big dish of holiday mushroom ravioli or lentil loaf, vegetarians seem curiously afflicted with a desire to conform to the season.
- Garnished with fresh vegetables and a side of mashed potatoes, this loaf of pure C grade meat is the talk of the town.
half a loaf is better than no bread
- • proverb It is better to accept less than one wants or expects than to have nothing at all.More example sentences
- I said, ‘Well, half a loaf is better than no bread.’
- As I've said, many people will not regard the recycling operation as the most ideal one for the ultra modern advance factory, but as the old saying goes, half a loaf is better than no bread.
- Still half a loaf is better than no bread, although it is important that the managerial commitment to address this particular situation in 2003 is honoured.
use one's loaf
- British • informal Use one’s common sense.[probably from loaf of bread, rhyming slang for 'head']More example sentences
- They used their loaf when they set up in business 41 years ago.
- But we would urge people to use their loaf when parking and make sure they don't leave anything of value on display.
- He said: ‘Farrell is a good player but he needs to start using his loaf a bit more, vary play and not feel he has a divine right to do everything.’
Old English hlāf, of Germanic origin; related to German Laib.
- Spend one’s time in an aimless, idle way: don’t let him see you loafing about with your hands in your pocketsMore example sentences
laze, lounge, loll; do nothing, take things easy, idle, be idle, shirk one's duties; waste time, fritter away time, kill time, while away the time, twiddle one's thumbs, sit on one's hands, dawdle, dallyNorth American • informal bum around
- Had a busy week dealing with drunk rambling boyfriends (well… not plural, there was only one) celebrating St David's day and generally loafing about.
- He is pragmatic about the idea of trendily shod herder kids loafing about the steppe.
- Only about 20 others shared in this unique experience in the screening I attended, while outside in the mall where the cinema is located thousands were window - shopping or loafing about.
mid 19th century: probably a back-formation from loafer.