from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A full-grown steer, bull, ox, or cow, especially one intended for use as meat.
- n. The flesh of a slaughtered full-grown steer, bull, ox, or cow.
- n. Informal Human muscle; brawn.
- n. Slang A complaint.
- intransitive v. Slang To complain.
- beef up Informal To make or become greater or stronger: beef up the defense budget.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. The meat from a cow, bull or other bovines.
- n. Bovine animals.
- n. A single bovine (cow or bull) being raised for its meat.
- n. a complaint or disagreement
- n. Muscle, effort, force.
- v. To complain.
- v. To add weight or strength to, usually as beef up.
- v. To fart.
- v. (chiefly Yorkshire) To cry
- adj. Being a bovine animal that is being raised for its meat.
- adj. Producing or known for raising lots of beef.
- adj. Consisting of or containing beef as an ingredient.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. An animal of the genus Bos, especially the common species, Bos taurus, including the bull, cow, and ox, in their full grown state; esp., an ox or cow fattened for food.
- n. The flesh of an ox, or cow, or of any adult bovine animal, when slaughtered for food.
- n. Applied colloquially to human flesh.
- adj. Of, pertaining to, or resembling, beef.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. An animal of the bovine genus, whether ox, bull, or cow, in the full-grown state.
- n. The flesh of an ox, bull, or cow when killed.
- n. A name given by quarrymen to certain beds of fibrous carbonate of lime occurring in England in the middle division of the Purbeck series, the highest part of the Jurassic.
- n. Brawn; muscularity; weight and strength combined: as, the crew is lacking in beef.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- v. complain
- n. meat from an adult domestic bovine
- n. informal terms for objecting
- n. cattle that are reared for their meat
Middle English, from Old French buef, from Latin bōs, bov-.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)