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- (Received Pronunciation) IPA(key): /ləʊf/
Audio (Southern England) (file)
- (General American) IPA(key): /loʊf/
- Rhymes: -əʊf
- From Middle English lof, laf, from Old English hlāf (“bread, loaf of bread”), from Proto-West Germanic *hlaib, from Proto-Germanic *hlaibaz (“bread, loaf”), of uncertain origin. Perhaps related to Old English hlifian (“to stand out prominently, tower up”). Cognate with Scots laif (“loaf”), German Laib (“loaf”), Swedish lev (“loaf”), Russian хлеб (xleb, “bread, loaf”), Polish chleb (“bread”).
- (brain or head): Rhyming slang, shortened from "loaf of bread".
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) 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:
- 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 bar soap is cut.
- (cellular automata) A particular still life configuration with seven living cells.
- barracouta loaf
- confinement loaf
- cottage loaf
- disciplinary loaf
- Dutch loaf
- farmhouse loaf
- flesh loaf
- French loaf
- frosted ribbon loaf
- granary loaf
- half a loaf is better than no bread
- half a loaf is better than no loaf
- half a loaf is better than none
- loaf pan
- loaf sugar
- malt loaf
- meat loaf
- pimento loaf
- pinch a loaf
- plain loaf
- Pullman loaf
- ribbon loaf
- sandwich loaf
- sugar loaf
- tank loaf
- Vienna loaf
- wave loaf
block of bread
block of food
large block of soap
- (soap) Miller, J.L. "Customers believe in downstate Soap Fairy", The News Journal, B10, January 10, 2006.
- (Cockney rhyming slang) To headbutt
- (Internet slang) To be in catloaf position (for cats or other animals)
- (intransitive) To do nothing, to be idle.
- loaf about, loaf around