what does beef mean in texting

It means animosity in slang. If you say “I have beef with him”, you mean “I have a problem with him”, as in you consider that person an enemy.

English[edit]

Beef in the sense of “a grudge, argument” was originally an American slang expression:[1]

  • attested as a verb “to complain” in 1888: “Hell beef an kick like a steer an let on he wont never wear em.”— New York World, 13 May;
  • attested as a noun “complaint, protest, grievance, sim.” in 1899: “He made a Horrible Beef because he couldnt get Loaf Sugar for his Coffee.”—Fables in Slang (1900) by George Ade, page 80.

As to the possible origin of this American usage, it has been suggested that it can be traced back to a British expression for “alarm”, first recorded in 1725:[2] “BEEF to alarm, as To cry beef upon us; they have discoverd us, and are in Pursuit of us”. The term “beef” in this context would be a Cockney rhyming slang of thief. The continuous use of a similar expression, including its assumed semantic shift to complaint in the United States from the 1880s onwards, needs further clarification though.[3]

Pronunciation[edit]

beef (countable and uncountable, plural beef or beefs or beeves) A

  • Chinese:
    Mandarin: 牢騷牢骚 (zh) (láosāo)
  • German: Groll (de) m, heftige Verärgerung f, Rochus (de) m, Widerwillen (de) m, Beschwerde (de) f

Anagrams[edit]

beef (present beef, present participle bewende, past participle gebeef)

  • Alternative form of bewe

It means animosity in slang. If you say “I have beef with him”, you mean “I have a problem with him”, as in you consider that person an enemy.

FAQ

What does beef in slang mean?

“Having a beef with someone” is an informal expression that means having a disagreement or a grudge with someone. It typically implies a feeling of animosity or conflict between two people.

What does no beef mean in slang?

This usage employs beef in the sense of a “complaint” or “grudge,” also appearing in the phrase have no beef with, meaning “have no quarrel with.” [

What is beef in modern slang?

Its original form “to beef” is formally defined as “to complain”, and its contemporary variation is defined as someone thinking “that someone or something should be changed”.

What does start beef mean in text?

The idiom to have a beef means to have a complaint about something, to have a disagreement with someone, to be dissatisfied with something. This idiomatic use of the word beef may be used as a noun or a verb, as in to beef about something.

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