What does calf mean?

Definitions for calfkæf, kɑf

Here are all the possible meanings and translations of the word calf.

Princeton's WordNet

  1. calf(noun)

    young of domestic cattle

  2. calf, sura(noun)

    the muscular back part of the shank

  3. calf, calfskin(noun)

    fine leather from the skin of a calf

  4. calf(noun)

    young of various large placental mammals e.g. whale or giraffe or elephant or buffalo

Webster Dictionary

  1. Calf(noun)

    the young of the cow, or of the Bovine family of quadrupeds. Also, the young of some other mammals, as of the elephant, rhinoceros, hippopotamus, and whale

  2. Calf(noun)

    leather made of the skin of the calf; especially, a fine, light-colored leather used in bookbinding; as, to bind books in calf

  3. Calf(noun)

    an awkward or silly boy or young man; any silly person; a dolt

  4. Calf(noun)

    a small island near a larger; as, the Calf of Man

  5. Calf(noun)

    a small mass of ice set free from the submerged part of a glacier or berg, and rising to the surface

  6. Calf(noun)

    the fleshy hinder part of the leg below the knee

  7. Origin: [OE. calf, kelf, AS. cealf; akin to D. kalf, G. kalb, Icel. klfr, Sw. kalf, Dan. kalv, Goth. kalb; cf. Skr. garbha fetus, young, Gr. , Skr grabh to seize, conceive, Ir. colpa, colpach, a calf. 222.]


  1. Calf

    Calves are the young of domestic cattle. Calves are reared to become adult cattle, or are slaughtered for their meat, called veal.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Calf

    käf, n. the young of the cow and of some other animals, as marine mammals: calf-skin leather, bookbinding in such: a stupid or a cowardly person:—pl. Calves (kävz).—ns. Calf′-love, an attachment between a boy and girl; Calf's′-foot, Calves'-foot, the foot of the calf, used in making a palatable jelly; Calf′-skin, the skin of the calf, making a good leather for bookbinding and shoes.—Divinity calf, a dark-brown calf bookbinding, with blind stamping, and without gilding—common in the binding of theological books; Golden calf, the idol set up by Aaron during the absence of Moses on Sinai, or those erected by Jeroboam at Bethel and Dan: worship of Mammon or wealth; Half-calf, a bookbinding in which the back and corners are in calf-skin; Mottled calf, a light coloured bookbinding, decorated by the sprinkling of acid in drops; Smooth calf, a binding in plain or undecorated calf leather.—The calves of our lips (Hosea, xiv. 2), an offering of praise (the Septuagint reads, 'The fruit of our lips').—Tree calf, a bright brown calf bookbinding, stained by acids with a pattern resembling the trunk and branches of a tree. [A.S. cealf; Ger. kalb.]

  2. Calf

    käf, n. the thick fleshy part of the leg behind.—adj. Calf′less, with a thin, poor calf. [Ice. kalfi; perh. the same word as the preceding.]

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British National Corpus

  1. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'calf' in Nouns Frequency: #2889


  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of calf in Chaldean Numerology is: 6

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of calf in Pythagorean Numerology is: 4

Sample Sentences & Example Usage

  1. Woody Allen:

    The lion and the calf shall lie down together but the calf won't get much sleep.

  2. Woody Allen:

    The lion and the calf will lay down together, but the calf won't get much sleep..

  3. George Osgood:

    If you descend [with a regular leg], your calf breaks in, but with a mechanical leg, it resists.

  4. Rob Heusevelt:

    They sincerely thought they were doing a service and helping that calf by trying to save it from the cold.

  5. Karen Richardson:

    They were demanding to speak with a ranger, they were seriously worried that the calf was freezing and dying.

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