I. noun (plural beefs or beeves) Etymology: Middle English, from Anglo-French beof, bef ox, beef, from Latin bov-, bos head of cattle — more at cow Date: 14th century 1. the flesh of an adult domestic bovine (as a steer or cow) used as food 2. a. an ox, cow, or bull in a full-grown or nearly full-grown state; especially a steer or cow fattened for food <
quality Texas beeves
a herd of good beef
b. a dressed carcass of a beef animal 3. muscular flesh ; brawn 4. plural beefs complaint II. verb Date: 1860 transitive verb to increase or add substance, strength, or power to — usually used with up <
money to beef up its staff of professional economists — John Fischer
intransitive verb complain <
always beefing about something

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.


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