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.
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Origin of beef
OTHER WORDS FROM beefbeefless, adjective
Example sentences from the Web for beef
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)|Hazard Stevens
Fillet of Beefs: Cut across diagonally, beginning at thick end.How to Prepare and Serve a Meal and Interior Decoration|Lillian B. Lansdown
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
Well, I shall never forget the numerous "beefs" he made while posing as an "experienced farm hand."Wanderlust|Robert R. (Robert Rice) Reynolds
British Dictionary definitions for beef
Word Origin for beef
Idioms and Phrases with beef
In addition to the idiom beginning with beef
- beef up
- where's the beef