nounpl. calves or, esp. for 4, calfs
- a young cow or bull
- the young of some other large animals, as the elephant, whale, hippopotamus, seal, etc.
- a large piece of ice broken off from an iceberg or coast glacier
- leather from the hide of a calf; calfskin
- Informal an awkward, callow, or silly youth
Origin of calfMiddle English from Old English cealf and Old Norse kalfr from Indo-European an unverified form geleb(h)- from base an unverified form gel-, to swell, form a ball (hence swelling, fetus, offspring) from source club, Classical Latin globus
kill the fatted calf