noun \ˈbēf\

: meat from a cow

: muscles

plural beefs \ˈbēfs\ or beeves \ˈbēvz\

Full Definition of BEEF

:  the flesh of an adult domestic bovine (as a steer or cow) used as food
a :  an ox, cow, or bull in a full-grown or nearly full-grown state; especially :  a steer or cow fattened for food <quality Texas beeves> <a herd of good beef>
b :  a dressed carcass of a beef animal
:  muscular flesh :  brawn
plural beefs :  complaint

Examples of BEEF

  1. I'm not eating as much beef as I used to.
  2. My real beef is with the organization's president, not the group itself.

Illustration of BEEF

Origin of BEEF

Middle English, from Anglo-French beof, bef ox, beef, from Latin bov-, bos head of cattle — more at cow
First Known Use: 13th century

Other Food Terms

Reuben, calamari, chuck, curry, edamame, foie gras, hummus, leaven, nonpareil, peel

Rhymes with BEEF



Definition of BEEF

transitive verb
:  to increase or add substance, strength, or power to —usually used with up <money to beef up its staff of professional economists — John Fischer>
intransitive verb
:  complain <always beefing about something>

Examples of BEEF

  1. She's always beefing about something.
  2. <he tends to stand around and beef for hours about any slight, real or imagined>

First Known Use of BEEF



noun \ˈbēf\   (Medical Dictionary)
plural beefs \ˈbēfs\ or beeves \ˈbēvz\

Medical Definition of BEEF

:  the flesh of an adult domestic bovine (as a steer or cow) used as food


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