Definition of beef in English:

beef

Syllabification: beef
Pronunciation: /bēf
 
/

noun

1The flesh of a cow, bull, or ox, used as food.
More example sentences
  • Tuck into steak, roast beef, venison and other red meat at least three times a week
  • I have to say that the roast rib eye of beef in wholemeal bread was superb.
  • Visitors can barbecue food ranging from beef, pork to potato and fish.
1.1 (plural beeves /bēvz/) Farming A cow, bull, or ox fattened for its meat.
More example sentences
  • ‘Get in those saddles and let's get these beeves movin’!’
  • Forage beef thus encompasses at least half of the potential market.
  • We have a neighbor who raises grass fed beef and pastured poultry.
1.2 informal Flesh or muscle, typically when well developed: he needs a little more beef on his bones
More example sentences
  • Although this is typically a powerlifter's split, it is the quickest way to get some serious beef on your bones.
  • He's got a bit more beef on his bones now, but he's lost none of his cheerful, boyish looks.
  • Geez, how about a Superman with some beef on his bones?
Synonyms
muscle, brawn, bulk; strength, power
1.3 informal Strength or power: he’s been brought in to give the team more beef
More example sentences
  • We definitely need more beef up front.
  • The tank size is OK, but you need more beef.
  • 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.
2 (plural beefs) informal A complaint or grievance: he has a beef with American education: it doesn’t teach the basics of investing
More example sentences
  • Here's another one of my beefs with judges - and this is the complaint that lawyers oftentimes get - that we file frivolous lawsuits.
  • I do not want beefs and gripes - I need genuine areas of difficulty which are causing work life imbalance.
  • They began taking their beefs to the media.
Synonyms
3US informal A criminal charge: a drunk-driving beef
More example sentences
  • 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.
  • He was framed for political reasons during the last election and was sent up for a 21 years on a homicide beef.
  • He had busted him on a robbery beef involving a cellular phone.

verb

[no object] informal Back to top  
Complain: he was beefing about how the recession was killing the business
More example sentences
  • Because of that he still felt like beefing about something
  • 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.
  • They beef about record-level deficits.
Synonyms

Origin

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

Phrasal verbs

beef something up

informal Give more substance or strength to something: cost-cutting measures are planned to beef up performance
More example sentences
  • So those penalties will be beefed up substantially.
  • These checkpoints were beefed up following a number of casualties, wounds and death to U.S. forces.
  • So far protests from campaigners have been muted, but security around the base has been beefed up with additional police patrols.
Synonyms
toughen up, strengthen, build up, reinforce, consolidate, augment, improve

Definition of beef in:

Get more from Oxford Dictionaries

Subscribe to remove ads and access premium resources

Word of the day apposite
Pronunciation: ˈapəzit
adjective
apt in the circumstances or relation to something