leaf


leaf
{{11}}leaf (n.) O.E. leaf "leaf of a plant; page of a book," from P.Gmc. *laubaz (Cf. O.S. lof, O.N. lauf, O.Fris. laf, Du. loof, O.H.G. loub, Ger. Laub "foliage, leaves," Goth. lauf), perhaps from PIE *leup- "to peel off, break off" (Cf. Lith. luobas, O.C.S. lubu "bark, rind"). Extended 15c. to very thin sheets of metal (especially gold). Meaning "hinged flap on the side of a table" is from 1550s.
{{12}}leaf (v.) "to turn over (the pages of a book)," 1660s, from LEAF (Cf. leaf) (n.). The notion of a book page also is in the phrase to turn over a (new) leaf (1570s). Related: Leafed; leaved; leafing.

Etymology dictionary. 2014.

Synonyms:

Look at other dictionaries:

  • Leaf — (l[=e]f), n.; pl. {Leaves} (l[=e]vz). [OE. leef, lef, leaf, AS. le[ a]f; akin to S. l[=o]f, OFries. laf, D. loof foliage, G. laub, OHG. loub leaf, foliage, Icel. lauf, Sw. l[ o]f, Dan. l[ o]v, Goth. laufs; cf. Lith. lapas. Cf. {Lodge}.] 1. (Bot.) …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Leaf — (v. altengl. leaf „Blatt“) steht für: Leaf (Unternehmen), einen niederländischen Süßwarenhersteller Leaf (Label), ein britisches Independent Label The Album Leaf, ein amerikanisches Musikprojekt Leaf (Spieleentwickler), einen japanischen… …   Deutsch Wikipedia

  • leaf — [lēf] n. pl. leaves [ME lefe < OE leaf, akin to Du loof, Ger laub < IE base * leubh , to peel off, pull off > Lith lupù, to skin, pare off] 1. any of the flat, thin, expanded organs, usually green, growing laterally from the stem or twig …   English World dictionary

  • Leaf — Leaf, Leaf out Leaf out(l[=e]f), v. i. [imp. & p. p. {Leafed} (l[=e]ft); p. pr. & vb. n. {Leafing}.] To shoot out leaves; to produce leaves; to leave; as, the trees leaf in May. Sir T. Browne. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • leaf — ► NOUN (pl. leaves) 1) a flattened, typically green, structure of a plant, that is attached to a stem and is the chief site of photosynthesis and transpiration. 2) the state of having leaves: the trees were in leaf. 3) a single thickness of paper …   English terms dictionary

  • leaf|y — «LEE fee», adjective, leaf|i|er, leaf|i|est. 1. having many leaves; covered with leaves, especially broad leaves: »the leafy woods. 2. resembling a leaf; …   Useful english dictionary

  • leaf — [n1] green foliage of plant blade, bract, flag, foliole, frond, leaflet, needle, pad, petal, petiole, scale, stalk, stipule; concept 428 leaf [n2] page of document folio, paper, sheet; concept 270 leaf [v] flip through browse, dip into, glance …   New thesaurus

  • leaf — The noun has the plural form leaves, and the verb has inflected forms leafs, leafed, leafing (He was leafing through a book) …   Modern English usage

  • leaf|er|y — «LEE fuhr ee, LEEF ree», noun, plural er|ies. = leafage. (Cf. ↑leafage) …   Useful english dictionary

  • Leaf — For other uses, see Leaf (disambiguation). The leaves of a Beech tree …   Wikipedia

  • leaf — leafless, adj. leaflike, adj. /leef/, n., pl. leaves /leevz/, v. n. 1. one of the expanded, usually green organs borne by the stem of a plant. 2. any similar or corresponding lateral outgrowth of a stem. 3. a petal: a rose leaf. 4. leaves… …   Universalium