• WordNet 3.6
    • n loafing having no employment
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    “College-bred is a four-year loaf, using dad's dough, Coming out half-baked, with a lot of crust.”
  • Gilbert K. Chesterton
    “Compromise used to mean that half a loaf was better than no bread. Among modern statesmen it really seems to mean that half a loaf ;is better than a whole loaf.”
  • Edgar Watson Howe
    “Fishing seems to be the favorite form of loafing.”
  • Josh Billings
    “Honesty is the rarest wealth anyone can possess, and yet all the honesty in the world ain't lawful tender for a loaf of bread.”
  • James Thurber
    “It is better to have loafed and lost than never to have loafed at all.”
  • Edgar Watson Howe
    “Even if a farmer intends to loaf, he gets up in time to get an early start.”


A slice off a cut loaf is never missed - Used colloquially to describe having sexual intercourse with someone who is not a virgin, especially when they are in a relationship. The analogy refers to a loaf of bread; it is not readily apparent, once the end has been removed, exactly how many slices have been taken.('You never miss a slice from a cut loaf' is also used.)
Half a loaf is better than no bread - It means that getting part of what you want is better than getting nothing at all.


In literature:

Then in the evening they had a small loaf of mixtil bread and two 'lescas' of cheese.
"A Short History of English Agriculture" by W. H. R. Curtler
A lady is a loaf-giver, don't you know?
"Holiday Stories for Young People" by Various
That's what String Beans was loafing around here for, pretending to be lame.
"Injun and Whitey to the Rescue" by William S. Hart
And did you see the second loaf tumble down?
"The Tables Turned or, Nupkins Awakened. A Socialist Interlude" by William Morris
In material things, half a loaf is said to be better than no bread.
"Art" by Clive Bell
Loaf cakes need a moderate oven from 40 to 60 minutes.
"Food and Health" by Anonymous
So Sadko lived alone with his dulcimer, and made do with half a loaf when he could not get a whole, and with crust when he had no crumb.
"Old Peter's Russian Tales" by Arthur Ransome
Logan loafed out after luncheon to a seat on the lawn in the shade of a tree.
"The Disentanglers" by Andrew Lang
He loafed about all that afternoon, and stayed that day and the next, and ever since.
"The Soldier of the Valley" by Nelson Lloyd
As usual, he did not seem satisfied with this; so I added a loaf of white sugar.
"Narrative of a Mission to Central Africa Performed in the Years 1850-51, Volume 1" by James Richardson

In poetry:

And while a loaf is given to us
From thy all-bounteous horn
We'll cheerfully divide that loaf
With the hungry and forlorn.
"Thanksgiving" by Hanford Lennox Gordon
"Better be left by twenty dears
Than lie in a loveless bed;
Better a loaf that's wet with tears
Than cold, unsalted bread."
"The Whistling Girl" by Dorothy Parker
When the disciples crossed the lake
With but one loaf on board;
How strangely did their hearts mistake
The caution of their Lord.
"But One Loaf" by John Newton
And they are better far than we,
And she bestows a worthier meed;
For, with the loaf of charity,
She gives the kiss that children need.
"Charity" by Victor Marie Hugo
When other lads were making hay
You'd find him loafing by the stream;
He'd take a book and slip away,
And just pretend to fish . . . and dream.
"Old David Smail" by Robert W Service
Then they gave him a wheat loaf to eat,
And after that a can o beer;
Then they cried a' with ae consent,
"Eat, brave Noble, and make gude cheer!
"Hobbie Noble" by Andrew Lang

In news:

Second robbery in a week at Loaf N' Jug on Alegre Circle.
1 1/2-pound loaf sourdough or firm country bread, cut into 1-inch cubes (about 8 cups).
Or do I pass him on to some one with room for him to loaf around and take it easy hopefully buying some time before the pain sets in long term?replacing him with a new pup.
Whether you are looking for a traditional pumpkin loaf or the unexpected, such as a pumpkin crème brûlée, you'll find something to love at Panificio Bolea.
Romney guest mash-up: Everybody loves Meat Loaf.
Tear 1 loaf country bread into bite-size pieces.
Makes 1 loaf, 12 servings.
Infamous half-a-loaf game isn't part of Horn 's dreams.
Fox 8 Got Fooled by a Meat Loaf Impersonator in Kent.
Orange banana bourbon loaf .
Mitt Romney Thursday night received a premium endorsement that nobody was expecting when rock legend Meat Loaf took the stage in Ohio and threw his support behind the Republican presidential nominee.
Meat Loaf struggles with 'America the Beautiful' at Romney event.
Meat Loaf is an entertainer in the old-fashioned sense of the word.
INTERVIEWS Is Meat Loaf Better Than Sex.
Meat Loaf in 1978 / Photo by Getty Images.

In science:

The crystals tended to show rounded tops as they became larger, with a characteristic “bread-loaf” shape that indicates that the growth on top is likely limited by heating .
A Critical Look at Ice Crystal Growth Data