Definition of loaf noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



BrE BrE//ləʊf//
; NAmE NAmE//loʊf//
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  • (pl. loaves
    BrE BrE//ləʊvz//
    ; NAmE NAmE//loʊvz//
    an amount of bread that has been shaped and baked in one piece a loaf of bread Two white loaves, please. a sliced loaf Remove the crusts from a small sliced loaf. see also cottage loaf, French loaf, meat loaf See related entries: Carbohydrates
  • Word Originnoun Old English hlāf, of Germanic origin; related to German Laib.Idioms
    half a loaf is better than no bread
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    (saying) you should be grateful for something, even if it is not as good, much, etc. as you really wanted; something is better than nothing
    use your head (British English also use your loaf)
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    (informal) used to tell somebody to think about something, especially when they have asked for your opinion or said something stupid ‘Why don't you want to see him again?’ ‘Oh, use your head!’ From rhyming slang, in which loaf of bread stands for ‘head’.
    See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: loaf