Noun Beef Definition and Examples







The flesh of a cow, bull, or ox, used as food.
  1. as modifier 'beef cattle'
  2. 'Make meat the last thing you put in your shopping cart to ensure that the beef stays cold until you get home.'
  3. 'Explain that it is your mission, as a host and a cook, to take their experience of roast beef to a new level.'
  4. 'I would bake muffins on the bus in the early morning and roast beef in the afternoon.'
  5. 'My favourite food is roast beef and Yorkshire pudding.'
  6. 'Using a sharp knife, carve the beef into broad thin slices, holding the knife blade at a 45-degree angle to the top of the meat.'
  7. 'He dropped his stack of papers and envelopes onto the table, and took my plate to cut up the beef, cheese, and slice the bread thinner without a word.'
  8. 'Jay had ordered roast beef sandwhiches in panini bread and iced chocolate for her and iced coffee for himself.'
  9. 'He warmed and ate some of the beef but didn't sleep.'
  10. 'She wraps her finger in a clean paper towel, checks her steak and turns off the flame beneath the beef and vegetable flavored soup she's preparing for Sarah.'
  11. 'In a saucepan over medium heat, combine bacon, sausage and beef.'
  12. 'We have a neighbor who raises grass fed beef and pastured poultry.'
  13. 'Driving across expanses of the West today, one might ask, ‘Where's the beef?’'
  14. 'Forage beef thus encompasses at least half of the potential market.'
Flesh with well-developed muscle.
  1. 'Geez, how about a Superman with some beef on his bones?'
  2. 'Although this is typically a powerlifter's split, it is the quickest way to get some serious beef on your bones.'
  3. 'Yes, I know their defense looked good most of the season and Simon was good addition, I just feel they still need more beef up the middle and Wright is, I think, an active playmaker who can stuff the run.'
  4. 'We definitely need more beef up front.'
  5. 'It is certainly willing to take controversial stands like being against high prices and in favour of cheaper pints, but where's the beef?'
  6. 'Elgin Dairy Foods, Chicago, beefs up its Research and Development team to support the company's line of 140 formulations and to support the imminent introduction of seven new products in the next year.'
  7. 'But the service territories would not overlap, and since they're mainly looking toward bundled services where's the beef.'
A complaint or grievance.
  1. 'My only beef is with the tone of the way it's been implemented - if you can call it a beef, I don't feel strongly enough about it to start an argument.'
  2. 'I didn't think she had a beef against anyone else in our crowd - most of Dana's friends stayed away from the group - so that meant she was coming to bug me some more.'
  3. 'My beef is the lack of communication that often fosters false expectations in patients, who then blame the local doctors when things turn out worse than they hoped.'
  4. 'Address beefs and concerns directly, not behind peoples’ backs.'
  5. 'And one of their major beefs with us is having a closed meeting!'
  6. 'Michael Hyman told the Chicago Sun Times, ‘We still have a beef… We will review our options.’'
  7. 'Warrington, essentially, your beefs with these films are length and boredom.'
  8. 'One of my biggest beefs with the station is how little students get back from it in return for how much of the station's funding is received from the students.'
  9. 'I was using my pension to illustrate that pension inequity was not across the board either and so maybe the beef should be with the NHS and other organisations for their shortcomings.'
A criminal charge.
  1. 'After checking police reports and court documents, the website said that if anything, he may have spent a day or so in jail for a drunk driving beef.'
  2. 'He had busted him on a robbery beef involving a cellular phone.'


  1. 'They beef about record-level deficits.'
  2. 'You were totally oblivious of the curious expressions of others as you beefed about this to the manager directly and loudly.'
  3. 'As I tell my students when they beef about my tests: Life isn't multiple choice, True-False or an Essay question; more often than not it's short answer--and your grade is based on your understanding of the context of the question.'
((n.) An animal of the genus Bos, especially the common species, B. 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.|--|)

noun, plural beeves[beevz]/bivz/(Show IPA), for 2; beefs for


1. the flesh of a cow, steer, or bull raised and killed for its meat.

2. an adult cow, steer, or bull raised for its meat.

3. Informal. brawn; muscular strength. strength; power. weight, as of a person. human flesh.

4. Slang. a complaint. an argument or dispute. verb (used without object)

5. Slang. to complain; grumble. Verb phrases

6. beef up, 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.


"There can be beef exports."
"There can be beef markets."
"There can be beef imports."
"There can be beef trimmings."
"There can be beef demands."
"There can be beef values."
"There can be beef sales."
"There can be beef products."
"There can be beef producers."
"There can be beef industries."
"There can be beef bans."
"There can be beef productions."
"There can be beef consumptions."
"There can be beef cattles."
"There can be beef farmers."
"There can be beef labellings."
"There can be beef movements."
"There can be beef crises."
"There can be beef loads."
"There can be beef associations."

Middle English: from Old French boef, from Latin bos, bov- ‘ox’.

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