- the flesh of a cow, steer, or bull raised and killed for its meat.
- an adult cow, steer, or bull raised for its meat.
- brawn; muscular strength.
- strength; power.
- weight, as of a person.
- human flesh.
- a complaint.
- an argument or dispute.
- Slang. to complain; grumble.
- beef up,
- to add strength, numbers, force, etc., to; strengthen: During the riots, the nighttime patrol force was beefed up with volunteers.
- to increase or add to: to beef up our fringe benefits.
Origin of beef
Examples from the Web for beefs
Well, I shall never forget the numerous "beefs" he made while posing as an "experienced farm hand."Wanderlust
Robert R. (Robert Rice) Reynolds
Fillet of Beefs: Cut across diagonally, beginning at thick end.How to Prepare and Serve a Meal and Interior Decoration
Lillian B. Lansdown
But the best dish was a beefs head cooked by friend Minter in Texas fashion.The Life of Isaac Ingalls Stevens, Volume I (of 2)
Away and ever away to the south, for the hated "Beefs" were after them, coming down relentlessly from the north.Sketches of the East Africa Campaign
Robert Valentine Dolbey
- the flesh of various bovine animals, esp the cow, when killed for eating
- plural beeves (biːvz) an adult ox, bull, cow, etc, reared for its meat
- informal human flesh, esp when muscular
- plural beefs a complaint
- (intr) slang to complain, esp repeatedlyhe was beefing about his tax
- (tr often foll by up) informal to strengthen; reinforce
Word Origin and History for beefs
"to complain," slang, 1888, American English, from noun meaning "complaint" (1880s). The noun meaning "argument" is recorded from 1930s. The origin and signification are unclear; perhaps it traces to the common late 19c. complaint of U.S. soldiers about the quantity or quality of beef rations.
c.1300, from Old French buef "ox; beef; ox hide" (11c., Modern French boeuf), from Latin bovem (nominative bos, genitive bovis) "ox, cow," from PIE root *gwou- "cow, ox, bull" (see cow (n.)). Original plural was beeves.