From Middle English lof, laf, from Old English hlāf ("bread, loaf of bread"), from Proto-West Germanic *hlaib, from Proto-Germanic *hlaibaz ("bread, loaf"), of uncertain origin. Perhaps related to Old English hlifian ("to stand out prominently, tower up"). Cognate with Scots laif ("loaf"), German Laib ("loaf"), Swedish lev ("loaf"), Russian хлеб ("bread, loaf").
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