beefer

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

beef +‎ -er

Noun[edit]

beefer (plural beefers)

  1. (slang) A police informer.
  2. A cow used for beef and not milk.
    • 1916, Royal Association of British Dairy Farmers, Journal (volume 30-32, page 89)
      We usually reckon if a cow does not respond to good food at the pail, that she is "putting it on her back"; that is, she fattens, and is thus more of a beefer than a milker, and should not be retained for milking purpose.