from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A plural of beef.

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  • n. Plural form of beef: cows, bulls, or steers.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. plural of beef, the animal.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. Plural of beef.


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  • "Signorina, the beeves are a present from Florence the beautiful Would ye look a gift beef i 'the nose?"

    The Cloister and the Hearth

  • It is curious that beef does not appear to have survived, though Leboeuf is common in French, and bullocks are still called "beeves" in Scotland.

    The Romance of Names

  • Spread out before her were several open stock books, from which she was endeavoring to estimate the probable number of "beeves" which the early spring would produce.

    The Story of the Foss River Ranch

  • Eve, 1538, speaks of his winter stock of "beeves" and muttons as a thing of course.

    The Reign of Henry the Eighth, Volume 1 (of 3)

  • They used to use a sledgehammer for beeves and pigs, but you'd have to swing hard and not miss!

    Georgia Man In Boxers Kills Buck With A Stick

  • You keep order and behave yourself and I will give you two beeves every other day until you find out where the buffaloes are.


  • While staying at a Cheyenne village, he was told that white soldiers were coming to a great powwow and bringing beeves, sugar, and coffee.


  • In winter, more Comanches would arrive to camp on the reservation and to claim beeves and other food and annuity goods.


  • Having brought with me over the mountains a few head of beef cattle for the hungry Indians, without thinking of running any great personal risk I had six beeves killed some little distance from my camp, guarding the meat with four Soldiers, whom I was obliged to post as sentinels around the small area on which the carcasses lay.

    She Makes Her Mouth Small & Round & Other Stories

  • My mother presided over an open house with cases of champagne, roast beeves, turkeys, hams, yams, salads and platters of French cheeses.

    Erica Jong: More Light, More Light


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  • This is a word used to name a group of beef cattle. I know this because this word was featured in the board game Balderdash.

    December 28, 2008

  • The picnic and barbecue were to be held around the spring where Broderson Creek took its rise. Already two entire beeves were roasting there...

    - Frank Norris, The Octopus, bk 2, ch. 5

    August 29, 2008

  • Haha!

    July 31, 2008

  • Hang on, I'll go ask Jeefs.

    July 31, 2008

  • It sounds very European.

    July 31, 2008

  • I always thought this sounded much more elegant than "beefs."

    July 31, 2008

  • Usage: Valley Spirit (Va.), May 25, 1861:

    The Spirit notes that George Law has received a contract from the government to supply the army with "twenty thousand beeves at eight cents per pound, live weight." The contractors will realize a profit of $600,000. The paper complains that "A few individuals are making princely fortunes at the expense of the tax-payers of the country."

    July 30, 2008