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 up money 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

Stephen wrote about a new beef jerky stick, Stryve Biltong in Hatch Chile. Emily Spicer, ExpressNews.com, "Podcast: San Antonio’s best frozen treats, margaritas," 21 Aug. 2019 To illustrate how big the Democratic field is, long-shot candidates Andrew Yang, a businessman, and Sen. Michael Bennet of Colorado are having a pre-fight beef. Gromer Jeffers Jr., Dallas News, "In this week's Democratic presidential debates, is it make or break for Beto O'Rourke, Julián Castro?," 29 July 2019 There were rarely any easily accessible bathrooms or places to buy sodas or beef jerky. David Williams For Cnn, CNN, "950 miles in two days. Taking an electric road trip in a Tesla," 25 July 2019 In 2006, the charity began raising funds to send care packages that included items such as coffee and beef jerky to troops stationed overseas and to injured veterans in military hospitals. Los Angeles Times, "This tea party charity sends care packages to troops. California says it misspent funds," 24 July 2019 Kubisch also offers various flavors of beef jerky and salami Stix. Micah Walker, Detroit Free Press, "Joyview Meat in Redford celebrates 50 years of sausage making," 21 June 2019 Cujo enjoyed the air conditioning and the officer's beef jerky, according to the post. Julian Gill, Houston Chronicle, "Pitbull reportedly 'hijacks' Texas police officer's car, steals his beef jerky," 17 June 2019 What's there: More than 35 vendors sell fresh produce, coffee, kombucha, beef jerky, donuts, flowers, plants, honey, waffles, dog treats and prepared food. Emma Kate Fittes, Indianapolis Star, "Here's your 2019 guide to Indianapolis area farmers markets," 12 June 2019 But first, the basics: Pusha T has long had beef with fellow rapper Lil Wayne, Drake’s labelmate on Cash Money Records. Bridget Read, Vogue, "This Was the Year of Celebrity Feuds," 26 Dec. 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Spotify last year hired broadcast and media veteran Dawn Ostroff as chief content officer with a mandate to beef up the services’s podcasting offerings. Adam Lashinsky, Fortune, "Can AT&T Do Good and Reward Shareholders?—Data Sheet," 10 Sep. 2019 American’s plan to beef up operations at its three most-profitable hubs — Dallas, Ronald Reagan Washington National and Charlotte, N.C. — is a step in the right direction, said Savanthi Syth, an analyst at Raymond James. Mary Schlangensteinbloomberg, Los Angeles Times, "American Airlines keeps canceling flights and its CEO is taking the heat," 4 Sep. 2019 Area police agencies have sent notifications announcing their intention to beef up patrols this weekend and to especially target impaired drivers. oregonlive, "Portland metro Friday traffic: Extra police patrols looking for impaired drivers Labor Day weekend," 30 Aug. 2019 In an attempt to beef up the airport’s local offerings, supervisors signed off on opening TAPS Fish House & Brewery, Greenleaf Gourmet Chopshop, the Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf; Brodard, a Vietnamese restaurant; and La Boutique, a high-end store. Daily Pilot, "Biz News: Newport’s Lido Theater to temporarily close for renovations," 30 Aug. 2019 North Korean leader Kim Jong Un supervised a third weapons test this week in an effort to beef up the country’s ability to strike targets in South Korea, including U.S. military bases there. Fox News, "North Korea says Kim Jong Un supervised third weapons test this week in a bid to keep pressure on US, South Korea," 3 Aug. 2019 Legislation recently filed by Democratic State Rep. Michael Brennan would beef up state assistance to asylum seekers. Jennifer Levitz, WSJ, "Maine’s Largest City Strains Under Asylum-Seeker Influx," 27 Jan. 2019 The legislation will also beef up post-release supervision to help ex-offenders stay on track. Joshua Miller, BostonGlobe.com, "Mass. Legislature sends Baker sweeping criminal justice bill," 4 Apr. 2018 The carrier also will beef up its presence in Phoenix by adding more flights on existing routes. Ben Mutzabaugh, USA TODAY, "March route roundup: Where airlines are adding (or cutting) service," 26 Mar. 2018

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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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beef

noun

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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