bœuf

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French[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Old French buef, boef, from Latin bovem, accusative of bōs (ox). Ultimately from Proto-Indo-European *gʷṓws. The music sense derives from the expression faire un Bœuf, after the Parisian cabaret-bar Le Bœuf sur le toit where jam sessions where held.[1]

Pronunciation[edit]

Noun[edit]

bœuf m (plural bœufs)

  1. ox
  2. beef
  3. (music) jam session
    faire un bœufto have a jam session
  4. (Quebec, slang, derogatory) A police officer; a pig.
    • 1996, Chrystine Brouillet, C'est pour mieux t'aimer, mon enfant, ISBN 2-89021-276-9, page 79:
      "T'a peut-être fait quelque chose de croche. Si toi tu le sais pas, les bœufs le savent, eux." — Maybe you did something wrong. Even if you don't know, the pigs will.

References[edit]

  1. ^
    2017 February 7 (last accessed), Daniella Thompson, “How the Ox got its name, and other Parisian legends”, in The Boeuf chronicles, Pt. 5[1]:

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Middle French[edit]

Etymology[edit]

Old French buef, boef, from Latin bos, bovis.

Noun[edit]

bœuf m (plural bœufs)

  1. ox (animal)