calf 1 [ kaf, kahf ] SHOW IPA / kæf, kɑf / PHONETIC RESPELLING noun, plural calves . [kavz, kahvz] /kævz, kɑvz/ the young of the domestic cow or other bovine animal. the young of certain other mammals, as the elephant, seal, and whale. . Informal an awkward, silly boy or man. a mass of ice detached from a glacier, iceberg, or floe. Words nearby calf calendula
calf's tongue Idioms for 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. Origin of calf 1 before 900; Middle English; Old English cealf, calf; cognate with Old Saxon kalf, Old Norse kalfr, Old High German kalb OTHER WORDS FROM calf calf·less, adjective calf·like, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for kill the fatted calf (1 of 2) noun plural calves 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 Word Origin for calf
cealf; related to Old Norse kālfr, Gothic kalbō, Old High German kalba British Dictionary definitions for kill the fatted calf (2 of 2) noun plural calves the thick fleshy part of the back of the leg between the ankle and the knee Related adjective: sural Word Origin for calf
C14: from Old Norse
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Medical definitions for kill the fatted calf n. pl. calves ( kăvz) The fleshy, muscular back part of the human leg between the knee and ankle, formed chiefly by the bellies of the gastrocnemius and soleus muscles.
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Idioms and Phrases with kill the fatted calf (1 of 2)
Prepare for a joyful occasion or a warm welcome. For example,
When Bill comes home from his trip to Korea we're going to kill the fatted calf. This expression alludes to the parable of the prodigal son (Luke 15:11–32), whose father welcomed him by serving the choicest calf after his return. [Early 1600s] Idioms and Phrases with kill the fatted calf (2 of 2)
see kill the fatted calf; puppy (calf) love.
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