beef

noun
\ ˈbēf How to pronounce beef (audio) \
plural beefs\ ˈbēfs How to pronounce beefs (audio) \ or beeves\ ˈbēvz How to pronounce beeves (audio) \

Definition of beef

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : the flesh of an adult domestic bovine (such as a steer or cow) used as food
2a : 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

beef

verb
beefed; beefing; beefs

Definition of beef (Entry 2 of 2)

transitive verb

: to increase or add substance, strength, or power to usually used with upmoney to beef up its staff of professional economists— John Fischer

intransitive verb

: complain always beefing about something

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Noun

beef 2b: A wholesale cuts: 1 shank, 2 round with rump and shank cut off, 3 rump, 4 sirloin, 5 short loin, 6 flank, 7 rib, 8 chuck, 9 plate, 10 brisket, 11 shank; B retail cuts: a heel pot roast, b round steak, c rump roast, d sirloin steak, e pinbone steak, f short ribs, g porterhouse, h T-bone, i club steak, j flank steak, k rib roast, l blade rib roast, m plate, n brisket, o crosscut shank, p arm pot roast, q boneless neck, r blade roast

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Examples of beef in a Sentence

Noun I'm not eating as much beef as I used to. My real beef is with the organization's president, not the group itself. Verb She's always beefing about something. he tends to stand around and beef for hours about any slight, real or imagined
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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun To make the point, Mr Macron and Mr Xi tasted high-end Bordeaux and morsels of French beef together at the Shanghai trade fair. The Economist, "Emmanuel Macron on Europe’s fragile place in a hostile world," 7 Nov. 2019 Even with leaner cuts of beef, portion size still matters. Darlene Zimmerman, Detroit Free Press, "Beef: Here's why it's leaner than ever and a source for several nutrients," 2 Nov. 2019 Check out the menu, which includes Peacock Pie (made with duck), beef tenderloin and plum pudding. Los Angeles Times, "How to get tickets to Yosemite’s Bracebridge Dinner holiday pageant," 15 Oct. 2019 Israeli and Russian scientists cultured the tiny piece of beef from stem cells while aboard the International Space Station, 248 miles above the Earth's surface. Fox News, "‘Frankenstein’ meat grown in petri dish in space for first time," 10 Oct. 2019 In 2018 Americans consumed 57.2 pounds of beef, 92.4 pounds of chicken and 50.9 pounds of pork per capita. Brandon Mcfadden, The Conversation, "Government restrictions on labeling products as ‘meat’ aren’t likely to help anyone," 8 Oct. 2019 The cocktail reception menu is high-roller comfort food: lump crab cakes, lobster tails, beef tenderloin sliders and Alaskan king crab. Jennifer Steinhauer, New York Times, "Jumbo Shrimp and Lobster Tails: D.C.’s Fund-Raising Hot Spots," 5 Oct. 2019 The leaders dined on salad, grilled Wagyu beef tenderloin and chocolate ganache mousse with wines from France and Argentina in the Delegates Lounge, facing a line of flags of the 193 U.N. member nations. Washington Post, "The Latest: Polish leader touts record on climate change," 24 Sep. 2019 The 5-course dinner began with a raw fluke dish which lead to half-lobsters and beef tenderloin entrées seasoned with Chimichurri. Vogue, "Rebecca Taylor, Athena Calderone, and Surf Lodge Hosted a Lobster Dinner in Montauk," 26 Aug. 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Johnson set out to beef up his force, presiding over an effort to hire more officers that has increased the size of the force by about 1,000. CBS News, "Chicago top cop Eddie Johnson announces retirement," 7 Nov. 2019 MX Player also plans to beef up its original slate to 35 shows, unveiling 20 new series across multiple languages, including political biopic Queen, revenge drama Ek Thi Begum and crime thriller Call It Magic. Nyay Bhushan, The Hollywood Reporter, "China's Tencent, India's Times Internet Lead $110M Investment in Indian Streamer MX Player," 31 Oct. 2019 The spate of recent gun violence has led police to beef up patrols. Nick Woltman, Twin Cities, "At community forum, a search for answers to gun violence in St. Paul," 26 Sep. 2019 The Owls are expected to beef up their defensive front line. Khobi Price, sun-sentinel.com, "Which FAU players will step up, as early injuries diminish Owls’ depth?," 19 Sep. 2019 The Oregon State Beavers have made beefing up the defensive line a significant priority in the 2020 recruiting cycle, and have found success in the junior college ranks. oregonlive, "Latrell Bankston, Oregon State Beavers JC DL target, records 4 sacks in win," 17 Sep. 2019 The San Francisco 49ers traded a second-round selection in the 2020 NFL Draft to beef up their pass rush by obtaining Dee Ford from the Kansas City Chiefs in March. Mark Inabinett | Minabinett@al.com, al, "Auburn NFL roundup: Dee Ford delivers strip sack in first game for 49ers," 9 Sep. 2019 The workshop, which will be led by Blue Ridge Media Co., a digital marketing agency based in Lakewood, will help small businesses learn how to beef up their website presence. Carol Kovach, cleveland.com, "Lakewood Community, European festivals set for Sept. 7: A Place in the Sun," 3 Sep. 2019 Instead, Putin may choose to beef up his already considerable missile arsenal with more conventional weapons. Alex Ward, Vox, "What caused Russia’s radioactive explosion last week? Possibly a nuclear-powered missile.," 13 Aug. 2019

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First Known Use of beef

Noun

13th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Verb

1860, in the meaning defined at transitive sense

History and Etymology for beef

Noun

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

Verb

verbal derivative of beef entry 1

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The first known use of beef was in the 13th century

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Last Updated

11 Nov 2019

Cite this Entry

“Beef.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/beefing. Accessed 21 November 2019.

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More Definitions for beef

beef

noun
How to pronounce beef (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of beef

: meat from a cow
informal : muscles

beef

noun
\ ˈbēf How to pronounce beef (audio) \
plural beefs\ ˈbēfs \ or beeves\ ˈbēvz \

Kids Definition of beef

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : the meat of a steer, cow, or bull
2 : a steer, cow, or bull especially when fattened for food
3 plural beefs : complaint sense 2

beef

verb
beefed; beefing

Kids Definition of beef (Entry 2 of 2)

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

beef

noun
\ ˈbēf How to pronounce beef (audio) \
plural beefs\ ˈbēfs How to pronounce beefs (audio) \ or beeves\ ˈbēvz How to pronounce beeves (audio) \

Medical Definition of beef

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

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