Shrimp vs Beef - What's the difference?

shrimp | beef |

As nouns the difference between shrimp and beef

is that shrimp is (soccer) a player, supporter or other person connected with while beef is (uncountable) the meat from a cow, bull or other bovines.

As a verb beef is

to complain.

As an adjective beef is

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

Other Comparisons: What's the difference?



(wikipedia shrimp)

Etymology 1

From Middle English ).


  • Any of many swimming, often edible crustaceans, chiefly of the infraorder Caridea or the suborder Dendrobranchiata, with slender legs, long whiskers and a long abdomen.
  • * 1851 , "A Lady of Charleston" (Sarah Rutledge), The Carolina Housewife , 2013, unnumbered page,
  • Butter well a deep dish, upon which place a thick layer of pounded biscuit; having picked and boiled your shrimps', put them upon the biscuit; a layer of ' shrimps , with small pieces of butter, a little pepper, mace or nutmeg.
  • * 1998 , Claude E. Boyd, Pond Aquaculture Water Quality Management , page 605,
  • Shrimp' farming is in its infancy in Africa. but Asia has most of the world's ' shrimp farms.
  • * 2011 , Will Holtham, Home Port Cookbook: Beloved Recipes from Martha's Vineyard , page 142,
  • America's favorite seafood, shrimp' has always been a big seller at the Home Port. On any given day, we usually served around 40 to 50 pounds of ' shrimp .
  • * 2004 , Gary C. B. Poore, Shane T. Ahyong, Marine Decapod Crustacea of Southern Australia: A Guide to Identification , page 145,
  • Most shrimps' belong to one of several families of the Infraorder Caridea (Chapter 4). However, coral ' shrimps and Venus shrimps are so different from the rest that a separate infraorder is warranted.
  • (uncountable) The flesh of such crustaceans.
  • (slang) A small, puny or unimportant person.
  • Synonyms


    (en verb)
  • To fish for shrimp .
  • * 1986 , The Code of Federal Regulations of the United States of America , page 454,
  • Fishing, shrimping and crabbing are permitted on designated areas of the refuge subject to the following conditions:.
  • * 1996 , Anthony V. Margavio, Caught in the Net: The Conflict Between Shrimpers and Conservationists , page 24,
  • Although the line is not always sharply drawn, offshore shrimping' and inshore ' shrimping require different strategies.
  • * 2007 , Jerry Wayne Caines, A Caines Family Tradition: A Native Son's Story of Fishing, Hunting and Duck Decoys in the Lowcountry , page 86,
  • There were times we shrimped' in the same boat due to breakdowns and such, but for the most part we each had our own separate boat. We started out using outboard motor boats. However, ' shrimping with an outboard is pretty hard.

    Etymology 2

    Compare (etyl) , (etyl) schrumpfen.



    (wikipedia beef)


  • (uncountable) The meat from a cow, bull or other bovines.
  • I love eating beef .
  • # The edible portions of a cow (including those which are not meat).
  • lean finely textured beef
  • boneless lean beef trimmings
  • (uncountable) Bovine animals.
  • *
  • A single bovine (cow or bull) being raised for its meat.
  • Do you want to raise beeves ?
  • a grudge (+ with )
  • He has a beef with anyone who tells him otherwise.
    He has beef with anyone who tells him otherwise.
  • (slang, uncountable) muscle, size, strength
  • 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.
  • (slang, uncountable) essence, content
  • The beef of his paper was a long rant about government.


    * (meat of a cow)


    * (meat of a cow) veal

    Derived terms

    * beefcake * beef jerky * beef on weck * beefsteak * beef stew * lean finely textured beef * boneless lean beef trimmings * beefy * bully beef * corned beef * where's the beef?

    See also

    * beefwood


    (en verb)
  • To complain.
  • *
  • To add weight or strength to, usually as beef up.
  • Since you stopped running, you are really beefing out.
  • (slang) To fart.
  • Ugh, who just beefed in here?
  • (slang) To feud.
  • Those two are beefing right now - best you stay out of it for now.
  • (intransitive, chiefly, Yorkshire) To cry
  • David was beefing last night after Ruth told him off

    Derived terms

    * beef up * beef out


  • Being a bovine animal that is being raised for its meat.
  • We bought three beef calves this morning.
  • Producing]] or known for raising lots of [[#Noun, beef.
  • beef farms
    beef country
  • Consisting]] of or containing [[#Noun, beef as an ingredient.
  • beef stew