Green’s Dictionary of Slang

beef n.1

1. [mid-16C–18C] the vagina.

2. [late 16C; 20C+] (later use W.I., Jam., also piece of beef) a sexually appealing man or woman.

3. ’ [17C+] (also beef-steak) the penis.

4. [late 18C+] human flesh.

5. [mid-19C+] (orig. US) physical strength, power, muscles.

6. [late 19C] used in Clare Market, a provisions market in London WC2, to describe cat’s meat.

7. [1920s+] (US, also piece of beef) a well-built male; used by both heterosexuals and homosexuals; thus beef on the hoof, a number of such men.

In derivatives

beefo (adj.) [beefy + -o sfx (4)]

[1910s-1950s] well-built, muscled, physically solid.

beefy (adj.)

1. [mid-19C] lucky.

2. [mid-19C+] well-built, muscled, stolid.

3. [mid-19C+] thick, large, often of a man’s hands or a woman’s ankles.

4. [1910s+] fleshy, overweight.

In compounds

beef and (n.)

see separate entry.

beef-a-roni (n.) [play on beefcake + popular US fast-food]

[1980s+] (US campus) a sexy male.

beef bag (n.)

[mid-19C–1930s] (Aus.) a shirt.

beef bayonet (n.)

[1960s+] the penis.

beef-brain (n.)

[1980s+] a thug; a fool.

beef bugle (n.)

see separate entry.

beefcake (n.) [on model of cheesecake n.] (orig. US)

1. [1940s+] a male pin-up; also attrib.

2. [1950s+] any attractive, muscular man; also attrib.

3. [1970s] male sex-appeal.

4. [1970s] as a term of address.

beef curtains (n.) (also roast beef curtains)

[1980s+] (orig. US) the labia majora.

beefeater (n.)

see separate entries.

beef gravy (n.) [SE gravy/gravy n. (1b)]

[1980s+] (US gay) semen.

beefhead (n.)

see separate entry.

beef injection (n.) (also hot beef injection) [1980s+] (orig. US)

1. sexual intercourse; sometimes hot beef incision; thus slip one the hot beef, to have sexual intercourse from the male point of view.

2. a penis.

beef-steak (n.)

see sense 3 above.

beef torpedo (n.) (also corned beef torpedo)

[1970s+] (US) the penis

beef trust (n.) [ironic use of SE beef trust, a conglomerate of beef producers/processors; orig. late 19C carnival use, created by showman W.B. ‘Billy’ Watson, who thus named his sideshow of grotesquely overweight women]

1. [1920s+] (US) an obese person, a group of obese people.

2. [1940s] (US) a steak.

beef tube (n.)

[1970s] (orig. US) the penis.

beef-tugging (n.)

see separate entry.

beef-witted (adj.) (also beef-brained)

[early 17C] stupid, simple.

In phrases

aching for a side of beef (adj.)

[1970s+] (US black) of a woman, eager to have sex.

beefsteak eye (n.)

see separate entry.

beef to the heel (n.)

[late 19C–1920s] a bulky, heavy-set woman, usu. of a countrywoman.

beef to the heel(s) (adj.) (also beef to the ankle)

[mid-19C+] bulky, brawny, stocky, esp. of thick, strong legs or thick female ankles.

beef up (v.) [i.e. to add SE beef / sense 5]

1. [1940s+] (also beef) to strengthen, to improve.

2. [1950s+] to put on weight and/or muscles.

be in a man’s beef (v.)

[late 18C–early 19C] to wound a man with a sword.

be in a woman’s beef (v.)

[late 18C–mid-19C] to have sexual intercourse with a woman.

bury one’s beef (v.)

[1970s] (US) of a man, to have sexual intercourse.

cream one’s beef (v.)

[1990s+] to masturbate.

cut a side (of beef) (v.)

[1980s+] (US black) to have sexual intercourse.

have a bit of beef (v.) (also do a bit of beef)

[late 19C] to have sexual intercourse.

put on beef (v.)

[mid-19C+] to put on weight.

put some beef into it (v.)

[20C+] to make a physical effort; often as excl. put some beef into it!

take in beef (v.)

[19C] of women, to have sexual intercourse.

tame the shrew (v.)

[1990s+] to masturbate.