There are 2 definitions of loaf in English:

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Pronunciation: /ləʊf
 
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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 loaf
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    • 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.
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    • 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.

Phrases

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.
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  • 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']
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  • 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.’

Origin

Old English hlāf, of Germanic origin; related to German Laib.

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There are 2 definitions of loaf in English:

loaf2

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Pronunciation: /ləʊf
 
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verb

[no object]

Origin

mid 19th century: probably a back-formation from loafer.

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