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loaves

[lohvz] /loʊvz/
noun
1.
plural of loaf1 .

loaf1

[lohf] /loʊf/
noun, plural loaves
[lohvz] /loʊvz/ (Show IPA)
1.
a portion of bread or cake baked in a mass, usually oblong with a rounded top.
2.
a shaped or molded mass of food, as of sugar or chopped meat:
a veal loaf.
3.
British.
  1. the rounded head of a cabbage, lettuce, etc.
  2. Slang: Older Use. head or brains:
    Use your loaf.
Origin
950
before 950; Middle English lo(o)f, Old English hlāf loaf, bread; cognate with German Laib, Old Norse hleifr, Gothic hlaifs
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Examples for loaves
  • If the aroma of sweet loaves baking in a warm kitchen during the holidays stirs happy memories, you aren't alone.
  • loaves of freshly baked bread were cooling on racks by the window.
  • Shape into two loaves, cover, and allow to rise until doubled.
  • So she went up to it, and took out all the loaves one after another with the bread-shovel.
  • Taking pity on our wretched appearance, drivers slowed down and threw loaves of bread out of their cars.
  • Nobody was going bats and buying forty loaves of bread.
  • People turn their plastic baguette-bags into slings, so as to carry five warm loaves at once.
  • People stay at work, although their work is worth fewer loaves of bread.
  • Cornmeal and seasonings were added and the resulting mush was pressed into loaves, allowed to set, then sliced and pan-fried.
  • My friend noted that he had several loaves of stale bread slung over his shoulder.
British Dictionary definitions for loaves

loaves

/ləʊvz/
noun
1.
the plural of loaf1

loaf1

/ləʊf/
noun (pl) loaves (ləʊvz)
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!
Word Origin
Old English hlāf; related to Old High German hleib bread, Old Norse hleifr, Latin libum cake

loaf2

/ləʊf/
verb
1.
(intransitive) to loiter or lounge around in an idle way
2.
(transitive) foll by away. to spend (time) idly he loafed away his life
Word Origin
C19: perhaps back formation from loafer
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Word Origin and History for loaves
loaf
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.
loaf
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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