Meat vs Beef - What's the difference?

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In context|uncountable|lang=en terms the difference between meat and beef

is that meat is (uncountable) any relatively thick, solid part of a fruit, nut etc while beef is (uncountable) the meat from a cow, bull or other bovines.

As nouns the difference between meat and beef

is that meat is while beef is (uncountable) the meat from a cow, bull or other bovines.

As a verb beef is

to complain.

As a adjective beef is

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



(wikipedia meat)


  • * 1526 , (William Tyndale), trans. (Bible) , (w), XXV:
  • I was anhongred, and ye gave me meate . I thursted, and ye gave me drinke.
  • * , II.8:
  • And he was pleased to accompany them in their death; for, he pined away by abstaining from all manner of meat .
  • * 1623 , (William Shakespeare), (Timon of Athens) :
  • Your greatest want is, you want much of meat : / Why should you want? Behold, the Earth hath Rootes.
  • * 1879 , (Silas Hocking),
  • As full of fun and frolic as an egg is full of meat .
  • * 1936 , (Djuna Barnes), Nightwood , Faber & Faber, 2007, p.13:
  • The way she said ‘dinner’ and the way she said ‘champagne’ gave meat and liquid their exact difference.
  • * :
  • And thenne he blewe his horne that the maronners had yeuen hym / And whanne they within the Castel herd that horne / they put forthe many knyghtes and there they stode vpon the walles / and said with one voys / welcome be ye to this castel // and sire Palomydes entred in to the castel / And within a whyle he was serued with many dyuerse metes
  • * 1526 , (William Tyndale), trans. Bible , (w), ch. 8:
  • And hit cam to passe, thatt Jesus satt at meate in his housse.
  • (label) The flesh of an animal used as food.
  • * 2010 , Andy Atkins, The Guardian , 19 October:
  • While people who eat no meat at all are identified and identifiable as vegetarians, there is no commonly accepted term for people who eat it only a couple of times a week and are selective about its quality.
  • (label) Any relatively thick, solid part of a fruit, nut etc.
  • (label) A penis.
  • * 1993 , Nancy Friday, Women on top: how real life has changed women's sexual fantasies , page 538
  • He sits me on the floor (the shower is still beating down on us). He lays me down and slides his huge meat into me.
  • * 2006 John Patrick, Play Hard, Score Big , page 54
  • Just the tight, hot caress of his bowels surrounding my meat gave me pleasures I had only dreamed of before that day.
  • * 2011 , Wade Wright, Two Straight Guys , page 41
  • Both men were completely, and very actively into this face fucking! Suddenly Bill pulled off of Jim's meat and said,
  • (label) A type of meat, by anatomic position and provenance.
  • (label) The best or most substantial part of something.
  • * 1577 , (Gerald Eades Bentley), The Arte of Angling
  • it is time to begin "A Dialogue between Viator and Piscator," which is the meat of the matter.
  • (label) The sweet spot of a bat or club (in cricket, golf, baseball etc.).
  • A meathead.
  • (label) A totem, or (by metonymy) a clan or clansman which uses it.
  • * 1949 , Oceania , Vol.XX
  • When a stranger comes to an aboriginal camp or settlement in north-western NSW, he is asked by one of the older aborigines: "What meat (clan) are you?"
  • * 1973 , M. Fennel & A. Grey, Nucoorilma
  • Granny Sullivan was ‘dead against’ the match at first because they did not know "what my meat was and because I was a bit on the fair side."
  • * 1977 , A. K. Eckermann, Group Organisation and Identity
  • Some people maintained that she was "sung" because her family had killed or eaten the "meat " (totem) of another group.
  • * 1992 , P. Taylor, Tell it Like it Is
  • Our familyusually married the red kangaroo "meat ".
  • * 1993, J. Janson, Gunjies
  • That’s a beautiful goanna.. He’s my meat , can’t eat him.

    Usage notes

    The meaning "flesh of an animal used as food" is often understood to exclude (l) and other (l). For example, the rules for abstaining from meat in the Roman Catholic Church do not extend to fish; likewise, some people who consider themselves (l)s also eat fish (though the more precise term for such a person is (l)).


    * (l) * See also * (penis) see


    * (l)

    Derived terms

    * beat the meat * dead meat * fresh meat * meat and two veg * meat draw * meat hook / meathook * meat pie * meat raffle * meat tray * meat wagon * meatball * meatface * meathead * meatman * meat safe * meaty * sweatmeat



    (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