- a young cow over one year old that has not produced a calf.
Origin of heifer
Examples from the Web for heifer
"You and Chuck go home and make a baby and name it Lyndon and I'll give you a heifer," Johnson had said.Michael Daly: My Last Day With JFK
November 11, 2013
When ABC News correspondent Jake Tapper tried to ask you some questions, you said you were “going to meet a heifer first.”Sarah Palin Is a Tease!
August 16, 2011
Then the girl took the flax and drove the heifer out to graze.
Then she drove the heifer home, and gave the cloth to her stepmother.
So the heifer began to graze, but the girl sat down and began to weep.
Then she drove the heifer home 148 and gave the cloth to her stepmother.
In view of Nannar's position in the heavens, he was called the "heifer of Anu."The Religion of Babylonia and Assyria
- a young cow
Word Origin and History for heifer
Old English heahfore, West Saxon; Northumbrian hehfaro, heffera (plural), of unknown origin, not found outside English. The first element seems to be heah "high," common in Old English compounds with a sense of "great in size." The second element may be related to Old English fearr "bull," or to Old English faran "to go" (giving the whole a sense of "high-stepper"); but there are serious sense difficulties with both conjectures. Liberman offers this alternative:
Old English seems to have had the word *hægfore 'heifer.' The first element (*hæg-) presumably meant 'enclosure' (as do haw and hedge), whereas -fore was a suffix meaning 'dweller, occupant' ....
In modern use, "a female that has not yet calved," as opposed to a cow, which has calved, and a calf, which is an animal of either sex not more than a year old. As derisive slang for "a woman, girl" it dates from 1835.