(noun, adjective, verb)


1. Being a bovine animal that is being raised for its meat.

- We bought three beef calves this morning.

2. Producing or known for raising lots of beef.

- beef farms

- beef country

3. Consisting of or containing beef as an ingredient.

- beef stew


1. cattle that are reared for their meat

Definition categories: animal, cattle, cows, kine, oxen

2. meat from an adult domestic bovine

Definition categories: food, meat

3. informal terms for objecting

Similar word(s): gripe, kick, squawk

Definition categories: communication, objection

Sentences with beef as a noun:

- I love eating beef.

- lean finely textured beef

- boneless lean beef trimmings

- He has a beef with anyone who tells him otherwise.

- He has beef with anyone who tells him otherwise.

- Put some beef into it! We've got to get the car over the bump.

- We've got to get some beef into the enforcement provisions of that law.

- The beef of his paper was a long rant about government.


1. complain

Similar word(s): bellyache, crab, gripe, grouse, holler, squawk

Definition categories: communication, complain, kick, kvetch, plain, quetch

Sentences with beef as a verb:

- Since you stopped running, you are really beefing out.

- Ugh, who just beefed in here?

- Those two are beefing right now - best you stay out of it for now.

- David was beefing last night after Ruth told him off