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beef

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noun \ˈbēf\

Definition of beef

plural

beefs

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beeves

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

  2. 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. 3 :  muscular flesh :  brawn

  4. 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


First Known Use: 13th century


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beef

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Definition of beef

  1. transitive verb
  2. :  to increase or add substance, strength, or power to —usually used with up <money to beef up its staff of professional economists — John Fischer>

  3. intransitive verb
  4. :  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>

1860

First Known Use of beef

1860



BEEF Defined for English Language Learners

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beef

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noun \ˈbēf\

Definition of beef for English Language Learners

  • : meat from a cow

  • : muscles


BEEF Defined for Kids

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beef

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noun \ˈbēf\

Definition of beef for Students

plural

beefs

\ˈbēfs\ or

beeves

\ˈbēvz\
  1. 1 :  the meat of a steer, cow, or bull

  2. 2 :  a steer, cow, or bull especially when fattened for food

  3. 3 plural beefs :  complaint 2


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beef

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verb

Definition of beef for Students

beefed

beefing

  1. :  complain <He's always beefing about something.>

beef up

  1. :  to add weight, strength, or power to <The coach beefed up the team's defense.>


Medical Dictionary

beef

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noun \ˈbēf\

Medical Definition of beef

plural

beefs

\ˈbēfs\play or

beeves

\ˈbēvz\play
  1. :  the flesh of an adult domestic bovine (as a steer or cow) used as food



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