the young of the domestic cow or other bovine animal.
the young of certain other mammals, as elephants, seals, and whales.
Informal. an awkward, silly boy or man.
a mass of ice detached from a glacier, iceberg, or floe.
Idioms about calf
in calf, (of a cow or other animal having calves) pregnant.
kill the fatted calf, to prepare an elaborate feast in welcome or celebration.
- calf·less, adjective
- calf·like, adjective
Other definitions for calf (2 of 2)
the fleshy part of the back of the human leg below the knee.
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How to use calf in a sentence
The dimmed lights and sizeable golden calf on the center of the conference table should tip you off.‘Persecuted’ Is the Christian Right’s Paranoid Wet Dream | Candida Moss | July 22, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
Independence may well be the modern day Golden calf to which far too many of us bow down and worship.
“Good, number 15 – she and her calf are still in the same place,” he said.Borana Joins the Fight to Save Kenya’s Rhinos…and Wants You to Help Too | Joanna Eede | February 18, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
At her side was her calf, which turned and squinted at us through baby eyes.Borana Joins the Fight to Save Kenya’s Rhinos…and Wants You to Help Too | Joanna Eede | February 18, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
The modest calf-length skirts and dresses could be tailor made for Kate Middleton.
A small book, bound in full purple calf, lay half hidden in a nest of fine tissue paper on the dressing-table.Hilda Lessways | Arnold Bennett
The calf and the bear shall feed: their young ones shall rest together: and the lion shall eat straw like the ox.The Bible, Douay-Rheims Version | Various
When he assails a calf, the cow will rush upon him, and one toss from her horns is sufficient to kill him.Hunting the Lions | R.M. Ballantyne
New milker with a calf still beside her—purty as a picture, the pair of 'em, and dirt cheap.Dorothy at Skyrie | Evelyn Raymond
Looks like good stock, that calf does; 's if 't might make a nice steer, but 'twon't never be a cow to give milk.Dorothy at Skyrie | Evelyn Raymond
British Dictionary definitions for calf (1 of 2)
the young of cattle, esp domestic cattle: Related adjective: vituline
the young of certain other mammals, such as the buffalo, elephant, giraffe, and whale
a large piece of floating ice detached from an iceberg, etc
kill the fatted calf to celebrate lavishly, esp as a welcome
another name for calfskin
British Dictionary definitions for calf (2 of 2)
the thick fleshy part of the back of the leg between the ankle and the knee: Related adjective: sural
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Other Idioms and Phrases with calf
see kill the fatted calf; puppy (calf) love.
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