- a gesture used to signal, summon, or direct someone.
- Chiefly Scot. a bow or curtsy of greeting.
- Archaic. beckon.
- at someone's beck and call, ready to do someone's bidding; subject to someone's slightest wish: He has three servants at his beck and call.
Origin of beck1
- a brook, especially a swiftly running stream with steep banks.
Origin of beck2
- to form (a billet or the like) into a tire or hoop by rolling or hammering on a mandrel or anvil.
Origin of beck3
- Dave,1894–1993, U.S. labor leader: president of the International Brotherhood of Teamsters 1952–57.
Examples from the Web for beck
Beck is a close student of history and propaganda, and especially the history of propaganda.
I just happen to believe it was settled in a different way than Beck does.
Beck is in the same position as any post-industrial capitalist entrepreneur.
What often is forgotten—and what Beck could probably stand to remember—is that the massacre was, technically, a firefight.
A civilian commission overruled Beck and rebuked his conclusion.Worse Than Eric Garner: Cops Who Got Away With Killing Autistic Men and Little Girls
December 4, 2014
Mom Beck had stepped into the pantry for more eggs for the cake she was making.The Little Colonel
Annie Fellows Johnston
Is there a minute of my life that she is not sending for me—expecting me to be at her beck and call?Pretty Madcap Dorothy
Laura Jean Libbey
I have been at the beck and call of one of the greatest roués and villains in France.The Strollers
Frederic S. Isham
She must also remain as young looking as ever and always be at his beck and call.The Gorgeous Girl
Mother won't give it him, so I have to be at his beck and call.A Bride of the Plains
Baroness Emmuska Orczy
- a nod, wave, or other gesture or signal
- at someone's beck and call ready to obey someone's orders instantly; subject to someone's slightest whim
- (in N England) a stream, esp a swiftly flowing one
Word Origin and History for beck
late 14c., "mute signal," from noun use of bekken (v.), variant of becnan "to beckon" (see beckon). Transferred sense of "slightest indication of will" is from late 15c.
c.1300, shortening of beckon. (v.).