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beef

noun \ ˈbēf \
|Updated on: 25 Jun 2018
plural beefs play \ˈbēfs\ or beeves play \ˈbēvz\
1 : the flesh of an adult domestic bovine (such as a steer or cow) used as food
2 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
3 : muscular flesh : brawn
4 plural beefs : complaint

Examples of beef in a Sentence

  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.

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Origin and Etymology of beef

Middle English, from Anglo-French beof, bef ox, beef, from Latin bov-, bos head of cattle — more at cow

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beef

verb
beefed; beefing; beefs
: to increase or add substance, strength, or power to usually used with up
  • money to beef up its staff of professional economists
  • —John Fischer
: complain
  • always beefing about something

Examples of beef in a Sentence

  1. She's always beefing about something.

  2. he tends to stand around and beef for hours about any slight, real or imagined

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Origin and Etymology of beef

verbal derivative of 1beef


BEEF Defined for English Language Learners

beef

  • : meat from a cow

  • : muscles


BEEF Defined for Kids

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beef

noun \ ˈbēf \
plural beefs \ˈbēfs\ or beeves \ˈbēvz\
1 : the meat of a steer, cow, or bull
2 : a steer, cow, or bull especially when fattened for food
3 plural beefs : complaint 2

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beef

verb
beefed; beefing
: complain
  • He's always beefing about something.
beef up
: to add weight, strength, or power to
  • The coach beefed up the team's defense.

Medical Dictionary

beef

noun \ ˈbēf \
plural beefs play \ˈbēfs\ or beeves play \ˈbēvz\
: the flesh of an adult domestic bovine (as a steer or cow) used as food


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