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

  • n. A full-grown steer, bull, ox, or cow, especially one intended for use as meat.
  • n. The flesh of a slaughtered full-grown steer, bull, ox, or cow.
  • n. Informal Human muscle; brawn.
  • n. Slang A complaint.
  • intransitive v. Slang To complain.
  • beef up Informal To make or become greater or stronger: beef up the defense budget.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. The meat from a cow, bull or other bovines.
  • n. Bovine animals.
  • n. A single bovine (cow or bull) being raised for its meat.
  • n. a complaint or disagreement
  • n. Muscle, effort, force.
  • v. To complain.
  • v. To add weight or strength to, usually as beef up.
  • v. To fart.
  • v. (chiefly Yorkshire) To cry
  • adj. Being a bovine animal that is being raised for its meat.
  • adj. Producing or known for raising lots of beef.
  • adj. Consisting of or containing beef as an ingredient.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Of, pertaining to, or resembling, beef.
  • n. An animal of the genus Bos, especially the common species, Bos taurus, including the bull, cow, and ox, in their full grown state; esp., an ox or cow fattened for food.
  • n. The flesh of an ox, or cow, or of any adult bovine animal, when slaughtered for food.
  • n. Applied colloquially to human flesh.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. An animal of the bovine genus, whether ox, bull, or cow, in the full-grown state.
  • n. The flesh of an ox, bull, or cow when killed.
  • n. A name given by quarrymen to certain beds of fibrous carbonate of lime occurring in England in the middle division of the Purbeck series, the highest part of the Jurassic.
  • n. Brawn; muscularity; weight and strength combined: as, the crew is lacking in beef.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • v. complain
  • n. meat from an adult domestic bovine
  • n. informal terms for objecting
  • n. cattle that are reared for their meat


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

Middle English, from Old French buef, from Latin bōs, bov-.



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  • Taken at Yorktown, "900 barrels of beef and pork." A week or two later, the report added an additional "96 barrels beef, (weight) 20,190 lb."

    October 29, 2007