loaf away


2 [lohf] .
verb (used without object)
to idle away time: He figured the mall was as good a place as any for loafing.
to lounge or saunter lazily and idly: We loafed for hours along the water's edge.
verb (used with object)
to pass idly (usually followed by away ): to loaf one's life away.

1825–35, Americanism; back formation from loafer

unloafing, adjective

2. loll, idle.
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loaf1 (ləʊf)
n , pl loaves
1.  a shaped mass of baked bread
2.  any shaped or moulded mass of food, such as cooked meat
3.  slang the head; sense: use your loaf!
[Old English hlāf; related to Old High German hleib bread, Old Norse hleifr, Latin libum cake]

loaf2 (ləʊf)
vb (foll by away)
1.  (intr) to loiter or lounge around in an idle way
2.  to spend (time) idly: he loafed away his life
[C19: perhaps back formation from loafer]

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Word Origin & History

O.E. hlaf "bread, loaf," from P.Gmc. *khlaibuz (cf. O.N. hleifr, Swed. lev, Ger. Laib, Goth. hlaifs), of uncertain origin, perhaps connected to O.E. hlifian "to raise higher, tower," on the notion of the bread rising as it bakes, but it is unclear whether "loaf" or "bread" is the original sense. O.C.S.
chlebu, Finn. leipä, Lith. klepas probably are Gmc. loan words. Meaning "chopped meat shaped like a bread loaf" is attested from 1787.

1835, Amer.Eng., back-formation from loafer (1830), which often is regarded as a variant of land loper (1795), a partial loan-translation of Ger. Landläufer "vagabond," from Land "land" + Läufer "runner," from laufen "to run" (see leap). But OED finds this "not very probable."
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