noun, plural beeves [beevz] /bivz/ for 2; beefs for 4.
- brawn; muscular strength.
- strength; power.
- weight, as of a person.
- human flesh.
- a complaint.
- an argument or dispute.
verb (used without object)
- 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.
- beecher, henry ward,
- beecher, lyman,
- beef bouillon,
- beef bourguignon,
- beef cattle,
- beef extract,
- beef road
Origin of beef
Examples from the Web for beef
Champagne, which is also acidic, offers a nice complement to anything from tuna tartare to beef bourguignon.
The freezer is filled with meat, sides of beef and large pieces of lamb.Alfred Hitchcock’s Fade to Black: The Great Director’s Final Days|David Freeman|December 13, 2014|DAILY BEAST
The beef began three days ago, when Snoop posted an unflattering Iggy meme to his Instagram.Who Dat, Who Dat? It’s Snoop Dogg Saying Misogynistic Things to I-G-G-Y|Amy Zimmerman|October 15, 2014|DAILY BEAST
My beef is not with Jolie, whom I congratulate on her work, and admire as human being simply trying to do a little bit of good.
This is also a show that decided that in order to get better it needed to beef up its female presence.
Between tea and coffee, or beef and mutton there is a relation of a different kind.Supply and Demand|Hubert D. Henderson
They were short of provisions, and we gave them a barrel of ship-bread, and seventy pounds of beef.Audubon and his Journals, Volume I (of 2)|Maria R. Audubon
What does it matter when the beef is so tough that you might sole your boots with it?
The beef had been quartered and roasted on a spit over a charcoal fire, outside one of the huts.Francisco Our Little Argentine Cousin|Eva Cannon Brooks
Roast mutton, like roast beef, is better served rather underdone, but should be a little more done than beef.
Word Origin for beef
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.
"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.
In addition to the idiom beginning with beef
- beef up
- where's the beef