loaf (plural loaves)
(also loaf of bread) A block of bread after baking.
- Any solid block of food, such as meat or sugar.
- (Cockney rhyming slang) Shortened from "loaf of bread", the brain or the head (mainly in the phrase use one's loaf).
- 1960, P[elham] G[renville] Wodehouse, “VIII and XII”, in Jeeves in the Offing, London: Herbert Jenkins, OCLC 1227855 ↗:
- It is frequently said of Bertram Wooster that he is a man who can think on his feet, and if the necessity arises he can also use his loaf when on all fours. [...] “Why didn't the idiot tell her not to open it?” “It was his first move. ‘I've found a letter from you here, precious,’ she said. ‘On no account open it, angel,’ he said. So of course she opened it.” She pursed the lips, nodded the loaf, and ate a moody piece of crumpet. “So that's why he's been going about looking like a dead fish.”
- A solid block of soap, from which standard bars are cut.
- French: baguette, miche, pain
- German: Laib, Laib Brot, Brot
- Italian: pagnotta, pan carrè, pane in cassetta
- Portuguese: pão
- Russian: буха́нка
- Spanish: pan, hogaza
- Spanish: pan
- Italian: capoccia
- Russian: коча́н
- Spanish: mollera, testa (slang)
loaf (loafs, present participle loafing; past and past participle loafed)
- (intransitive) To do nothing, to be idle.
- loaf about, loaf around.
- 2015, Elizabeth Royte, Vultures Are Revolting. Here’s Why We Need to Save Them., National Geographic (December 2015)
- They don’t (often) kill other animals, they probably form monogamous pairs, and we know they share parental care of chicks, and loaf and bathe in large, congenial groups.
- (Cockney rhyming slang) To headbutt, (from loaf of bread)
- French: paresser
- German: nichts tun, herumlungern, rumhängen (colloquial)
- Italian: oziare, bighellare, girovagare, vagabondare, trastullarsi
- Portuguese: vadiar
- Russian: бездельничать
- Spanish: holgazanear, estar a la bartola, golfear