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beeves

[beevz] /bivz/
noun
1.
a plural of beef.

beef

[beef] /bif/
noun, plural beeves
[beevz] /bivz/ (Show IPA),
for 2; beefs for 4.
1.
the flesh of a cow, steer, or bull raised and killed for its meat.
2.
an adult cow, steer, or bull raised for its meat.
3.
Informal.
  1. brawn; muscular strength.
  2. strength; power.
  3. weight, as of a person.
  4. human flesh.
4.
Slang.
  1. a complaint.
  2. an argument or dispute.
verb (used without object)
5.
Slang. to complain; grumble.
Verb phrases
6.
beef up,
  1. to add strength, numbers, force, etc., to; strengthen:
    During the riots, the nighttime patrol force was beefed up with volunteers.
  2. to increase or add to:
    to beef up our fringe benefits.
Origin of beef
1250-1300
1250-1300; 1885-90 for def 5; Middle English < Anglo-French beof, Old French boef < Latin bov- (stem of bōs) ox, cow; akin to cow1
Related forms
beefless, adjective
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Examples from the Web for beeves
Historical Examples
  • They had with them 200 pack-horses laden with flour, and the remainder of the beeves.

    Chronicles of Border Warfare Alexander Scott Withers
  • They reminded him of the beeves in the shambles of the elder Varro.

    The Lion's Brood

    Duffield Osborne
  • The whole 3,500 head of beeves will be shipped East this fall.

    Across America James F. Rusling
  • We thence all marched to the mines, where we killed three beeves to feed the Indians.

  • Far away to the right are two of our scouts driving two beeves.

    Pony Tracks Frederic Remington
  • There is an average of three beeves to each person, and 20 sheep to each inhabitant.

  • One with lauds and beeves, with rents and consols, mark you?

    The Newcomes William Makepeace Thackeray
  • Don't these beeves, muttons, and fishes live on vegetables and animals?

    School Reading by Grades James Baldwin
  • The men of my mess had killed all the beeves and mutton up to that time.

    A Trip to California in 1853

    Washington Bailey
  • In some of the yards not less than five hundred beeves are slaughtered daily.

British Dictionary definitions for beeves

beeves

/biːvz/
noun
1.
(archaic) the plural of beef (sense 2)

beef

/biːf/
noun
1.
the flesh of various bovine animals, esp the cow, when killed for eating
2.
(pl) beeves (biːvz). an adult ox, bull, cow, etc, reared for its meat
3.
(informal) human flesh, esp when muscular
4.
(pl) beefs. a complaint
verb
5.
(intransitive) (slang) to complain, esp repeatedly: he was beefing about his tax
6.
(informal) (transitive) often foll by up. to strengthen; reinforce
Word Origin
C13: from Old French boef, from Latin bōs ox; see cow1
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Word Origin and History for beeves
n.

original plural of beef (cf. boevz, plural of Old French buef), now only in restricted use.

beef

v.

"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.

beef

n.

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.

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Slang definitions & phrases for beeves

beef

noun

  1. A complaint; grievance: Her mother called up to register a beef (1890s+)
  2. A criminal charge or indictment: ''What was your beef, Jim?'' ''Robbery'' (1910+ Underworld)
  3. A quarrel; argument: I've got no beef with you, buddy (1930s+)
  4. A customer's bill or check; bad news, the DAMAGE (1930s+)
  5. Muscle; strength; huskiness (mid-1800s+)
  6. Bulkiness; fleshiness; mass: The old chorus girls had lots of beef, not like now (mid-1800s+)
  7. The penis (1890+)

verb

  1. : The hospital beefed when the city announced plans (1880s+)
  2. To quarrel: We started beefing with each other (1930s+)
The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
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Idioms and Phrases with beeves

beef

In addition to the idiom beginning with beef also see: where's the beef
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